Obama’s Gutting of the Military Continues: USMC to Shed 20,000

MAIN POSHTEH, AFGHANISTAN – JULY 02: U.S. Marines from 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, RCT 2nd Battalion 8th Marines Echo Co. prepare to search a building during the start of Operation Khanjari on July 2, 2009 in Main Poshteh, Afghanistan. The Marines are part of an operation to take areas in the Southern Helmand Province that Taliban fighters are using as a resupply route and to help the local Afghan population prepare for the upcoming presidential elections. (Photo by Joe Raedle/ Getty Images)

Just like Trevor Loudon warned, the Obama Administration is moving pell mell to eviscerate our military. Draconian budgets cuts to the military under the current budget sequester threaten to endanger the United States’ capability to defend itself from an external threat.

But, perhaps, the president and his minions wish to shift the military’s mission to “internal threats”—like Tea Party terrorists and lovers of limited government … throw Fox News and Rush Limbaugh in there, to boot.

Washington Free Beacon reported:

The United States Marine Corps is set to shed more than 20,000 active duty positions in the coming years and have already commenced a process meant to force some senior officers into an early retirement.

The Marines are on course to cut around 4,000 positions a year through 2017, decreasing the total number of Marines to 182,100 from its peak last year of 202,100, according to a major scale-down order that was quietly issued last year.

The reduction in forces could leave the elite fighting force underprepared to battle multiple regional threats, particularly those in the Middle East, according to military experts.

The impending cuts are independent of the $1.2 trillion in mandatory cuts, otherwise known as sequestration, which will take place next month if Congress fails to reach a preventative deal.

“The effect will be that there will not be sufficient Marines available to both be ‘America’s 9-1-1 force’ and to be ready for sustained ground combat,” said Steven Bucci, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense who warned that the decreased number of Marines will leave the force overstretched.

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