In yet another staggering and disgraceful turn of the Obama tale, Fox News is now reporting that the U.S. Marine Corps has been grounded by the Obama administration. How? The harmful policies and actions of the liberal Obama administration have undercut the Marine Corps preparedness and have led to only 30% of the Marines’ aircraft being ready to fly.
Today, the vast majority of Marine Corps aircraft can’t fly. The reasons behind the grounding of these aircraft include the toll of long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the fight against ISIS and budget cuts precluding the purchase of the parts needed to fix an aging fleet, according to dozens of Marines interviewed by Fox News at two air stations in the Carolinas this week.
Out of 276 F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters in the Marine Corps inventory, only about 30% are ready to fly, according to statistics provided by the Corps. Similarly, only 42 of 147 heavy-lift CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters are airworthy.
Lack of funds has forced the Marines to go outside the normal supply chain to procure desperately needed parts. Cannibalization, or taking parts from one multi-million dollar aircraft to get other multi-million dollar aircraft airborne, has become the norm.
To get one Hornet flying again, Marines at Beaufort stripped a landing gear door off a mothballed museum jet. The door, found on the flight deck of the World War II-era USS Yorktown, was last manufactured over a decade ago.
“Our aviation readiness is really my No. 1 concern,” Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller told Congress last month. “We don’t have enough airplanes that we would call ‘ready basic aircraft.”
To make matters worse, it’s not as if we’ve seen cutbacks in funding during the Obama era. No, quite the opposite, federal spending has risen to levels never seen in the history of our planet! Nevertheless, the Obama administration has cut funding to the military by over $100 BILLION, even as they’ve chosen to spend more on other programs.
Col. Allen West writes that this situation, coupled with other recent Obama military failures, paints a bleak picture of the current status of our fighting forces.
Consider this week, as we shared with you, the close quarters attack formation buzzing of an American Navy destroyer in international waters of the Baltic Sea while doing flight ops with Polish helicopters. Reports and video indicated the Russian Su-24 fighter jets were within 30 feet of our vessel. Of course, after the fact, SecState John Kerry issues a terse statement of strong condemnation saying, “we could have shot those planes down.” We look neutered, unlike Turkey, who did shoot down the Russian jets.
Once again, we have a very embarrassing moment for our Naval service, and trust me, those Sailors ain’t happy about having their warship buzzed, or being put on their knees at gun point by the Iranians…
This is what we need from these chuckleheads like Mabus, Carter, and Brad: just admit you’re incapable of defending our country. Admit you are as Alexander the Great stated, sheep trying to lead lions, and you are failing. No more Sailors on their knees. No more Russians buzzing our warships. No more crappy rules of engagement. No more of you lily liver slack-jawed wussies who are causing these embarrassing moments for our Warriors.
I couldn’t agree more with Col. West. The end of the Obama era cannot come quick enough.
The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com