Gates proposes closing Joint Forces Command

10 Aug

…Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb hardest hit.

Joint Forces Command is, as the name implies, a body whose task is to consolidate redundant functions previously being performed independently by the various branches of the military in order to share resources.  President Obama seeks to expand every social program in the country, but in order to be able to claim that he is fiscally conservative, other non-essential budgetary items must be cut, like national defense.  Far be it from me to assert that the military doesn’t waste money, but to cut the one program whose core mission is to create savings is wrong-headed.

But, Obama calculates that it is far more effective to use that money to buy votes by handing out candy to wavering supporters than it is to be a good steward over those who disproportionately vote for his opposition.   See how that works?

Even reliable Obama sycophant, Jim Webb agrees.

“I can see no rational basis for dismantling” the Joint Forces Command.  It is especially hurtful to me, as I’ve rolled over on every Obama agenda item put before me and protecting the military is one of my top priorities because of my background and the fact that my son is in the United States Marine Corps.  I have shown my support for the military time and again, most recently evidenced by my vote to confirm ROTC-hater Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Of course, I made up everything except the first sentence.  

Also, either Jim Webb and Mark Warner are using the exact same words or somebody’s wrong.  CNN says Webb said ‘no rational basis’ and Military dot com says it was Warner.  Neither are deep thinkers capable of original thought, so maybe they DID both say (read) the same statement.

In a time of high unemployment, this will simply add thousands more to the bread lines and is a blow to Virginia.   Gov. Bob McDonnell agrees.

“The Joint Forces Command has been in operation since 1947 and continues to serve as a major employer of Virginians. As one of 10 full combatant commands, the Joint Forces Command employs nearly 5000 civilians and service members. This decision will cost good quality, high paying jobs for thousands of Virginians and could not come at a worse time.

Anybody noticing a pattern of where stimulus money goes vs. where government cuts are made?  Even though Obama carried Virginia in 2008, we have wandered off the plantation by electing Republicans to the Governorship, Lt. Gov, and that dastardly Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, who continues to stick his thumb in the eye of the administration. 

I guess we had it coming.


Posted by on August 10, 2010 in politics


3 responses to “Gates proposes closing Joint Forces Command

  1. nooneofanyimport

    August 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    yeah, frankly I’m surprised it took em this long to start slashing

  2. Saddlesore

    August 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I think the Obama administration knows exactly what they are doing. I predict that somehow the facility will be relocated to a state with mandatory union membership.

    For any clairvoyants out there, check you Quija boards. Maybe the late Sen. Byrd will channel this facility to West Virginia. Seance, anyone?

  3. Joe Nowlin

    August 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    This may have been in retaliation for Virginia having the audacity to file suit against the Federal governments Obamacare overreach. Look for future defense installation closures in other states standing up to the feds like Arizona.


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