- - Monday, December 5, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Congress and President-elect Trump must not waste a minute of 2017 on repairing the damage done to national security by President Barack Obama. After eight years of Mr. Obama’s assault on the military, the morale of our soldiers, sailors and Marines is at an all-time low. Our nuclear deterrence is at its weakest in decades and our armed forces are depleted. The outgoing Republican Congress must block any final attack by Mr. Obama on our national defense.

Since his first day in office in 2009, Mr. Obama has relentlessly imposed massive cuts to our military, resulting in our being unable to wage two wars at the same time. We are losing our naval supremacy in the Pacific and eliminating countless warships, aircraft and weapons systems. We are down to fewer than 1,500 working nuclear warheads, and we must pay the Russians to launch our astronauts into space. After many cyber attacks against America, we are increasingly vulnerable to even more cyber threats by Russia, China and other hostile nations. The number of U.S. Army soldiers has been slashed to its lowest since 1940.

Emboldened Russian leader Vladimir Putin is waging war against democratic forces in Syria. He is rebuilding the Soviet Union starting in Georgia, East Ukraine, Crimea, Moldova, the Baltic States and more. He is violating our arms agreements and building new missiles and warheads while we are destroying ours. Russian warships and aircraft are harassing ours, violating our air space and sea coasts along and those of our allies.

Red China is rapidly building the largest military in the world, seeking superiority in both outer and cyber space, on land, in the air and on the seas.

Iran is harassing our ships and moving ahead with its nuclear weapons programs. It threatens directly and through its proxies Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their Sunni neighbors. The Islamic State is expanding.

We must give lethal weapons to Ukraine and partially destroy the Russian runways in Syria that are being used to attack our allied Syrian forces.

LT. COL. DOMINIK GEORGE NARGELE

U.S. Marine Corps (retired)

Arlington

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