Obama’s nominee to be Secretary of the Army has not served in combat, has not even served in the military. He has little or no executive experience, but has been a lifelong bureaucratic hack and Democrat Party Apparatchik. His one and only qualification for the office would seem to be his sexual orientation.
The youthful-looking Secretary-designee, Acting Undersecretary Eric Fanning comes by his youthful looks honestly: he’s young (46) and callow, a career midrange bureaucrat without significant executive experience (.pdf), or private-sector experience, although he’s been parked in Democratic lobbying firms during Republican administrations. He has never served in the military and has never displayed much respect for those who do and have. They are there to serve him. He has never held a job in the productive economy.
Why pick him, then? To Send A Message™, to count a valuable bean among people for whom the military exists to enable bean-counting. Fanning is fabulously gay, and his tasking is to increase the social engineering pressure on the Army to make it more friendly to GLBTQWERTY individuals, and more hostile to those who are not, whilst presiding over the readiness and end-strength declines he’s already been managing as Acting Undersecretary. He has said that his highest priorities are to forbid criticism of gay (etc) soldiers and to encourage transgender soldiers.
Can’t add anything to that brutal assessment, spot on, it is.
Protection of the United States is not a priority of the Obama Regime; appeasing domestic interest groups is. In addition to being led by an unqualified, incompetent party hack to make a political statement, the US Army has been gutted by the Obama Regime and is down to 450,000 troops. That is smaller than the Armies of Pakistan (550,000 troops), India (1,100,000 troops) Chinese People’s Liberation Army Ground Forces (1,600,000 troops), North Korea (950,000 troops). It is the same size as the Russian Army. Iran’s Army is not much smaller, 350,000 troops. ISIS, (whom Obama dismissed as “the JV Team” not so long ago) has 200,000 troops and continues to grow.
About that, we have now learned that the Army was ordered to cook the books to show that the regime’s scheme of limited attacks against ISIS were more successful than they actually were. None of the people who were Outraged(TM) that George W. Bush allegedly lied about national intelligence seem to be the least bit upset when Obama does it to make it seem like his failing policies are actually working.