By: Davis on March 17, 2016
There has been an increase in the number of tragedies involving military aircraft under the Obama administration. One of these tragedies occurred on Jan. 14, when two CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters collided while training off the coast of Hawaii, killing 12 Marines.
The Washington Examiner reported that the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, has stated that the increase in these accidents has been caused by the budget cuts implemented by the Obama administration.
These budget cuts limit the number of aircraft available for training and reduce the number of hours that pilots can train in existing aircraft.
This leads to a predictable increase in accidents, as well as an armed force that may not be fully ready for future combat scenarios.
“We track this very closely and the simple fact is we don’t have enough airplanes to meet training requirements for the entire force,” Neller stated during a hearing on the 2017 budget request for the armed services.
These budget cuts also lead to less maintenance on aircraft because there simply isn’t enough money.
“The real bill payer for underfunded readiness is lost lives. I think that helps bring it into context for all of us,” stated Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, during his opening statement.
The Obama administration has absolutely gutted the military over the past several years. Instead of giving the military the resources needed to win a war, the Obama administration has sent them into combat underfunded, ill-equipped and unprepared.
It is absolutely despicable that President Barack Obama has overseen the sharpest decline in our military’s preparedness since before World War II.
It’s too late now, but in a few months we can elect a Republican who will make sure that the military has what it needs to win wars and that money is never an issue.