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JULY 15-16,  2023

THE FIELD MARSHAL MESSES UP AGAIN:  The commander-in-chief let it be known to the immediate world that we are running short on military supplies.  I'm sure the intelligence agencies of the world will take note.  From Fox: 

John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council, said the Biden administration is working with the defense industry to increase the production of munitions as concerns grow that the nation’s weapon’s supply is dwindling.

"We're working very closely with the defense industry to try to ramp up production, particularly for artillery shells," Kirby told Fox News’ Shannon Bream on "Fox News Sunday."

"You saw that we gave some cluster munitions to Ukraine as a bridging solution here while we ramp up production. We're having very, very strong conversations with the defense industry and we believe that we'll be able to get there."

Kirby was responding to a segment reporting that a Center for Strategic and International Studies report found replacing inventories for ammunitions such as 155 mm shells could take between four and seven years. Replacing Javelins could take up to eight years and Stingers up to as many as 18 years, according to the report.

Those numbers are shocking.  What if we were attacked tomorrow?  Would it take years simply to equip our forces?  This clearly calls for a Congressional investigation.  Someone hasn't been watching the store. 

Kirby said replacing the munitions, as the war in Ukraine continues and tensions rise in Taiwan, is not a matter of funding.

"The defense industry obviously wants to make sure that if they're going to increase production, that that production rate is going to stay elevated for a period of time. Because that means hiring more workers, it means retooling and adding capacity in their factories and manufacturing capabilities. So we understand that and that's sort of the central thesis here of the discussions that we're having with them, is to get them to increase production and let them know that we're serious about doing that for some period of time," Kirby said. 

We have allowed our industrial base to erode.  We used to be the arsenal of democracy.  The arsenal apparently is shrinking.

Kirby’s comments come after President Biden said on TV that the United States is low on 155 mm artillery rounds...

...Biden made the remarks while defending his administration’s move this summer to send cluster munitions to Ukraine as a "transition period" until more munitions are produced.

Conservatives slammed Biden on social media following the comment, while others facetiously said they "love when the president of America goes on CNN to tell everyone we’re low on ammo."

COMMENT:  This country is not prepared.  The president is a shadow.  Read the piece below for more evidence you can use at neighborhood parties.  The nation needs a change.

July 16, 2023       Permalink

 

THE INDICTMENT:   You can almost feel the unease in the Democratic Party, and almost hear the beginning of a mini-revolt.  Increasingly Democrats are realizing that Joe Biden may be leading them to a disaster.  His poll numbers are awful, almost as bad as those of his vice president, Kamala Harris.  Surveys show that the public isn't buying his economic program, and they've got the reason in the price of food.  And even CNN can't save the president from the whiff of scandal around him and his family.   

We sense that more and more Democrats would like Biden to step aside, and the nomination for president become an open contest, with Kamala given no special privileges.  

One can say "wishful thinking," but the wish is growing and is showing up in political polls.

Why is Biden in such trouble?  Doug Schoen, one of the brightest men in politics, a Democrat, and a former adviser to the Clinton administration, has written the most stinging indictment of Biden yet.  Displaying no hatred, he also holds nothing back.  I suspect many influential Democrats will be reading this.  From the Messenger: 

The Democratic Party generally — and President Biden specifically — have a profound problem: At home and abroad, seemingly everyone is mad at the American president, with severe consequences for American influence around the world.

Domestically, despite cooling inflation, just 30% of Americans say they agree with Democrats’ economic policy, while 42% prefer the Republicans’ approach. With the economy consistently ranking as the most important issue for voters, Americans’ pessimism — coupled with Biden’s consistently low approval ratings on the economy — figures to be a considerable problem as he seeks a second term.

Moreover, Hispanic voters — a critical Democratic constituency — are angry at the perceived leftward shift of today’s Democratic Party. Compared to 2018, the 2022 midterms saw a 10-point jump in Hispanic support for the GOP, according to exit polls and Edison research. In fact, the research shows that Hispanic support for Democrats in 2022 was the lowest it has been since the 1990s.

To that end, support for Biden among Hispanics has dropped more than among any other race or ethnicity, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis, and nearly two-thirds (64%) of Hispanic voters say that Biden has accomplished “little or nothing” as president.

Internationally, Biden’s campaign promises to restore American leadership as a more traditional statesman than his predecessor have fallen flat, as it seems almost every international constituency is upset with the American president.

While Biden has led a robust and determined Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including sending historic levels of military and humanitarian aid, Ukrainians are — rightfully — angry that Biden declared them “not ready” for NATO, despite arguably having done more for European security than any other country in blunting and eroding the Russian military.

Further, the White House has consistently slow-walked the delivery of weapons systems that Ukraine desperately needs, often refusing for months before ultimately relenting, wasting valuable time as Ukrainians valiantly fight for their survival.

Additionally, our Asian allies are angry that Biden has been weak in standing up to China’s growing militancy, and China itself is angry over restrictions on access to vital technology. Importantly, while the administration’s policy of preventing China’s technological rise is sound, sending high-level diplomats such as Secretary of State Tony Blinken or Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to our most formidable geopolitical adversary sends our allies in the region — especially Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Australia — the wrong message.

COMMENT:  That's not exactly a letter of recommendation.  Please read the whole thing.  If Biden runs, he can only win if the Republicans lose – in other words, run a weak candidate or a mediocre campaign.  It's hard to think of Biden actually "winning" anything.  When is the last time you heard "We want Biden" at a political rally.

We remind ourselves that the election is still a year and four months away.   We cannot predict, we can only speculate.  But I would not be shocked if neither Joe Biden nor Donald Trump were at the heads of their ticket.

July 16, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

JULY 13-14,  2023

GRADUAL ESCALATION; WE SHOULD BE WATCHING THIS CAREFULLY:  FROM POLITICO:

President Joe Biden has authorized the military to call up 3,000 reserve troops to support operations in Europe after tens of thousands were sent there last year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a top general said Thursday.

Although it is not clear whether Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin plans to actually deploy these reservists anytime soon, the move suggests that the U.S. military’s training mission in Europe, along with the deployment of several new brigades after the invasion, has stretched active-duty forces.

“This reaffirms the unwavering support and commitment to the defense of NATO’s eastern flank in the wake of Russia’s illegal and unprovoked war on Ukraine,” Lt. Gen. Douglas Sims, the director of operations for the Joint Staff, told reporters on Thursday.

While the move gives the military’s European Command “greater flexibility” to defend the continent, it will not change the actual force levels in Europe, Capt. Bill Speaks, a spokesperson for U.S. European Command, said in a statement.

The president’s order also for the first time designates Operation Atlantic Resolve, the U.S. effort in Europe, as a contingency operation, which allows the Pentagon to call up reserve forces and implement sped-up acquisition authorities to supply those troops with equipment.

The designation not only allows the president to mobilize reservists, but also ensures they are paid and supported as active-duty troops. It also provides support for families and dependents of any reservists who might be deployed.

The U.S. rushed 20,000 more troops to Europe after Russia’s invasion, bringing the total to over 100,000 on the continent. That includes new rotations of 10,000 troops in Poland, which has emerged as a critical hub for supporting and supplying Ukraine.

The potential callups come on the heels of the NATO summit in Lithuania this week, where allies pledged to make 300,000 troops ready for rapid deployment within 30 days or less. It’s a tall order for the 31-member alliance whose individual members struggle with equipment and troop readiness after decades of skimping on military funding.

The news also comes as Ukraine continues to hammer away at Russia’s main defensive lines in the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia regions. Although senior Pentagon officials express hope that Kyiv’s forces will recapture more significant territory soon, they say progress has been slower than hoped.

COMMENT:   I favor aid to Ukraine.  But we're getting in deeper and deeper without the president so much as addressing the American people.  The nation will accept a well-thought-out plan to help Ukraine win.  It will not accept an aimless aid program that drains us without result. 

We've been here before.  We know the result.

July 14, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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