Obama Cuts Military Support to Israel & Receives Near Silence during Speech at Fort Bliss

Israeli F-15C (Eagle) Fighters (Photo: Israeli Military)

In an exclusive article published yesterday, TimeWorld reported (Exclusive: U.S. Scales-Back Military Exercise with Israel, Affecting Potential Iran Strike) that the U.S. government has been attempting to quietly cut support of Israel militarily, providing the excuse of “budget restrictions.” What budget? This excuse is laughable and is nothing more than an excuse. And spending restrictions? When has the Obama administration ever “restricted” its spending? President Obama is going to start to cut spending now by doing so with Israel? The entire article is a must-read. [Hat Tip to Kevin Anderson for sending over the Fort Bliss article] Excerpts:

Seven months ago, Israel and the United States postponed a massive joint military exercise that was originally set to go forward just as concerns were brimming that Israel would launch a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The exercise was rescheduled for late October, and appears likely to go forward on the cusp of the U.S. presidential election. But it won’t be nearly the same exercise. Well-placed sources in both countries have told TIME that Washington has greatly reduced the scale of U.S. participation, slashing by more than two-thirds the number of American troops going to Israel and reducing both the number and potency of missile interception systems at the core of the joint exercise.

“Basically what the Americans are saying is, ‘We don’t trust you,’” a senior Israeli military official tells TIME.

Photo: JewishCenter.org

The reductions are striking. Instead of the approximately 5,000 U.S. troops originally trumpeted for Austere Challenge 12, as the annual exercise is called, the Pentagon will send only 1,500 service members, and perhaps as few as 1,200. Patriot anti-missile systems will arrive in Israel as planned, but the crews to operate them will not. Instead of two Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense warships being dispatched to Israeli waters, the new plan is to send one, though even the remaining vessel is listed as a “maybe,” according to officials in both militaries.
In the current political context, the U.S. logic is transparent, says Israeli analyst Efraim Inbar. “I think they don’t want to insinuate that they are preparing something together with the Israelis against Iran – that’s the message,” says Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University. “Trust? We don’t trust them. They don’t trust us. All these liberal notions! Even a liberal president like Obama knows better.”

[emphasis added]

Mr. Obama’s support from active duty military service members and veterans alike has fallen substantially over the last year amid constant reports of intentionally leaking of classified intelligence including well placed assets, methods of operation, numbers of special operations personnel involved in missions, etc. His support for re-election continues to slide among those in the military. Could it be because our active duty service members have been well aware of Mr. Obama’s weakening partnership with one of America’s strongest allies? Consider as evidence the speech he gave yesterday at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Several articles reported the event with all of them mentioning the lackluster reception received by their commander in chief. One article (Obama speech to soldiers met with silence) by The Daily Caller provided a point by point account of the speech that fell flat throughout:

President Barack Obama was greeted with fleeting applause and extended periods of silence as he offered profuse praise to soldiers and their families during an Aug. 31 speech in Fort Bliss, Texas.

His praise for the soldiers — and for his own national-security policies — won cheers from only a small proportion of the soldiers and families in the cavernous aircraft-hanger.

The audience remains quiet even when the commander-in-chief thanked the soldiers’ families, and cited the 198 deaths of their comrades in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The audience’s reaction was so flat that the president tried twice to elicit a reaction from the crowd.

“Hey, I hear you,” he said amid silence.

The selected soldiers who were arrayed behind the president sat quietly throughout the speech.

CNN and MSNBC ended their coverage of the speech before it was half-over.
That outreach, however, has been damaged by repeated flubs from the White House, including its public emphasis on soldiers’ wounds rather than on their accomplishments, and Obama’s effort to distance himself from the anti-jihad campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.
White House officials are trying to avoid additional flubs. On Friday, for example, White House officials rushed to debunk a report that the president had used an autopen to sign condolence letters to soldiers’ families.
The troops’ silence continued through several obvious applause-lines.

President Obama speaking to soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas (Photo: KFOX14 New

There was isolated cheers when Obama said his withdrawal policy would ensure “fewer deployments … more time to prepare for the future, and it means more time on the home front, with your families, your home and kids.”

The silence deepened when the president lauded his strategy of withdrawal from the war. “Make no mistake, ending the wars responsibly makes us safer and our military even stronger, and ending these wars is letting us do something else; restoring American leadership,” he said amid complete silence.

When he said demobilized soldiers would find jobs because “all of you have the skills America needs,” he got little reaction.

There was no reaction when he promised stepped-up recruitment of soldiers for police jobs.
The most enthusiastic applause came when he lauded the soldiers’ military mission, and promised continued support for that professional task.
The White House’s video-feed cut off 10 seconds after the president finished his speech, before the audience’s reaction overall could be gauged by viewers.

[emphasis added]

It is my strong opinion that Americans, including our military service members and veterans, have had enough of a president that says one thing and takes actions contrary to our history of exceptionalism and peace through strength.

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8 Responses to Obama Cuts Military Support to Israel & Receives Near Silence during Speech at Fort Bliss

  1. Kimber Yahalomit says:

    Thank you for your stand for Israel.

  2. Jayde Wyatt says:

    Vic, thanks for the post!

    I read this article online earlier this morning. The telling statements to me are:

    “Seven months ago, Israel and the United States postponed a massive joint military exercise that was originally set to go forward just as concerns were brimming that Israel would launch a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The exercise was rescheduled for late October, and appears likely to go forward on the cusp of the U.S. presidential election.”

    Of course it was rescheduled to take place in late October! The change in schedule allows Obama to manipulate and milk foreign policy to benefit his obsession to snag another four years in the Oval Office. He’s an expert at being ambiguous – because it has worked for him. As a U.S. senator, he habitually voted ‘present’ – not taking a stand either way on an issue, carefully avoiding a record that could be used against him. It helped him get to the White House

    “But it won’t be nearly the same exercise.”

    He’s following the same pattern that has worked for him before. By quietly reneging on the amount on U.S. participation, Obama figures the far-left will cut him some slack for changing a “massive” military exercise to a minimal effort to aid Israel. In so doing, he stays true, to a degree, to the dreams of his father and, at the same time, hopes he appears to care enough about Israel to be reelected.

    Obama is not a leader.

    He’s a ruse.

  3. Nancy Roba says:


  4. Cathy says:

    I never thought I’d live to see the day when the biggest threat to our country would not be Iran, North Korea, or China, but our own President of the United States. Our country will be destroyed from within, before it will ever be destroyed from without. Do you care? It’s time to fight for our freedom or you get slavery.

    This is our last chance to know freedom as we know it. Mitt Romney MUST be our next president or desperate measures will be taken.

    R and R 2012

  5. donna osterkamp says:

    Wow…… it is a good thing we have blogs such as MRC or how would we hear about things like this in time to do something about it . Thanks for looking out for us and doing the necessary research . I am going to call you the ‘ MIDNIGHT WRITER . Keep up the good work . It is paying off and the word is getting out there Absolutely the best post ! Thanks , Vic.

  6. joan chinelli says:

    Clinton had republicans in charge of both the congress and the senate. They forced him to balance the budget, and reform welfare. He was smart enough to listen. Bush had democrats controlling both houses in his last two years. The They controlled everything for the next two years. Blame Bush and praise Clinton does not work. The democrats had control for four years. If you believe OBama, congress has the power.

  7. Annette S says:

    Obama doesn’t look at the US as a defender of freedom and Democracy trying to bring good to the world. Instead he believes our country is guilty of imperialism and colonialism. Obama doesn’t believe that people or nations can do anything out of empathy for others, but only for reasons of self interest. By the same token, corruption and evil within individuals are due to a warped society. This is why he forgives the world dictators, because they have been subjected to past imperialism and exploitation. This is the philosophy that is dictating Obama’s foreign policy. 2016 a must see!

    Vic..thanks for the article!

    Romney/Ryan …2012!

  8. Annette S says:

    Michael O Driscoll….
    Obama has cooperated with the strong bipartisan effort in congress to continue and build aid to Israel. He has touted that his administration has done more for military aid then previous administrations. But now as the threat of a nuclear Iran draws nearer Obama is cutting back troops drastically and ships.

    In addition, Obama’s rhetoric and other actions shows that he wishes to distance himself from Israel. He negotiates peace between Israel and the Palestinians as though Israel has not done enough to keep the peace. Even though Israel has faced attempted genocide in 1948, 67 and 73 and Hamas with the aid of Iran has launched thousands of rockets into Israel.

    If Obama has nurtured such a great foreign policy with Israel..why do the polls in Israel show that Obama is unpopular?

    I have a quote from Matthew Brooks….Exec Dir. Republican Jewish Coalition….

    “President Obama’s record on the Middle East owes much more to the strong bipartisan support for Israel in Congress than it does to his own initiatives. Where Congress acts- sanctions on Iran, increased cooperation with Israel-there are tangible benefits for the U.S. The president is eager to take the credit in those cases.

    Where the president has acted in his executive capacity-ordering the Israelis to freeze construction inside Jerusalem, mismanaging the peace process into failure, his shabby treatment of Israel’s Prime Minister, his too-little too-late responses to attacks on Israel in the U.N. American standing and influence in the world have declined. The President must take the blame for those consequences as well. ”

    With Obama snubbing and not defending Netanyahu publicly has only emboldened our enemies in the Middle East and threatened our allies. It has threatened not only Israel, but Poland, Iraq and Japan.