I know the topic du jour is the Ninth Circuit Court decision on President Trump’s temporary travel halt on seven countries — first named by Barack Obama. We can discuss this ad nauseam, ad infinitum, but there’s one thing crystal clear: judicial activism has now crept into foreign policy and national security decisions.
Perhaps this should just be left alone, and let the progressive socialist left own the consequences of our national security. If the liberal progressives no longer believe we are a sovereign nation and entry into our country is a privilege, not a right, then let them own it.
We know what happened with Tashfeen Malik and the fiancee visa. We know what happened, and continues to happen, with student visas. Sadly, no one came out and protested and cried all over the place when Barack Obama did likewise in his tenure with Iran, and changed the Cuban immigration policy in his final week in office. Such abhorrent hypocrisy.
The lesson we need to glean from this court decision, and the reaction of the left is that they cannot be trusted with the national security of the United States. The wholesale move towards the open border and sanctuary city — and state — movement demonstrates they seek to undermine the sovereignty of this Constitutional Republic.
And sadly, there’s more evidence that the liberal progressive left wants to leave America unprotected.We shared with you earlier this week the sad state for U.S. Navy combat aviation platforms, namely their F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet fleet. We close out the week with more horrific news about the deplorable state of affairs of our military. As reported by the Marine Corps Times, “More than half of all Marine Corps fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft were unable to fly at the end of 2016, officials said on Wednesday. The Marines are struggling to keep aging aircraft flying amid budget cuts, delayed spending bills and more than 15 years of wartime wear-and-tear.
Out of 1,065 Marine Corps aircraft, 439 were flyable as of Dec. 31, said Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commandant for aviation. That represents roughly 41 percent of the service’s fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. “
My target should be 589 [flyable aircraft]; so I am 150 airplanes shy of what I need to make my flight-hour goal,” Davis told reporters on Wednesday. “In order to meet my operational commitments, I need a little bit more than that.”
Since taking the job in June 2014, Davis has been working furiously to get enough Marine Corps planes and helicopters flyable until the service can receive new aircraft, such as the F-35. While the number of aircraft ready to fly on any given day fluctuates, overall the number of flyable aircraft has been improving, Davis said. But only 72 of the Marine Corps’ 280 F/A-18 Hornets were flyable as of Dec. 31, officials said. This is just a quarter of the Corps’ Hornets, and down from September, when 90 Hornets could fly.”
Now of course there’s always a message spin in order to make one feel better: “Davis explained that readiness declined at the end of 2016 due to holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Marine Corps Birthday Ball. November and December every year are low productivity months,” said Davis, who noted that 473 Marine aircraft were flyable at the beginning of October. Of the Marine Corps’ 280 F/A-18 Hornets, 109 were either at or headed to depot in December, Marine Corps spokeswoman Capt. Sarah Burns explained.”
One of the things any good commander looks for is maintenance trends. I’d be interested to know if this has been a recurring trend at the end of every year…and if so, how long has this been going on?
My assessment is that this is yet another ramification of the eight years of an Obama administration that sought to and did spend more on welfare programs than our national security.
What every concerned American must realize now is that in this period of transition, we are telegraphing a serious deficiency and weakness. The left has so decimated our force, and yes, this clearly falls at the lap of the one who was commander in chief for the past eight years. As well, we have just telegraphed to the world — especially to Islamic jihadists — that the doors are wide open.
One of the countries that Obama, and subsequently President Trump, labeled as a terrorist hot spot is Syria. In Syria the base of operations for the Islamic State is Raqqa and we know ISIS has the capability to produce fake passports. So for Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and the others of the left, we as a sovereign nation cannot take 90 to120 days to get this right, to ensure we’re protecting the American people.
My prayer is that we don’t suffer any Islamic terror attack. History will tell us that we should gird ourselves, as you recall, 9-11 came in President George W. Bush’s first year. And that came after the weakness of one Bill Clinton in dealing with the terrorist threat — then al-Qaida.
We now face a more savage and barbaric enemy and have already witnessed their deeds in Paris and Brussels. Yes, Osama bin Laden was killed, but what difference at this point does it make? It hasn’t slowed down the global Islamic jihad at all. And you can thank the progressive socialist left, who appear to be in full alliance and collusion with Islamo-fascists, for working hard to drop our guard and leave us unprotected.
And if the leftists who’ve commandeered the Democrat Party truly believe this is what Americans want, and ever have a chance to wield political power in America — y’all are kidding yourselves. My prediction is simple: expect a Democrat bloodbath in the 2018 midterm elections…they’re proving to be a radical Party that seeks to undermine our nation, and its security.