Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Trump: no more foreign adventurism; strengthen military; destroy ISIS

"President-elect Donald Trump laid out a U.S. military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy.
In the latest stop on a "thank you" tour of states critical to his Nov. 8 election win, Trump introduced his choice for defense secretary, General James Mattis, to a large crowd in this city near the Fort Bragg military base, which has deployed soldiers to 90 countries around the world.
"We will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn't be involved with," Trump said. "Instead, our focus must be on defeating terrorism and destroying ISIS, and we will."
Trump's rhetoric was similar to what he said during the election campaign when he railed against the war in Iran.
In Fayetteville, he vowed a strong rebuilding of the U.S. military, which he suggested has been stretched too thin. Instead of investing in wars, he said, he would spend money to build up America's aging roads, bridges and airports.

Even so, Trump said he wants to boost spending on the military. To help pay for his buildup, Trump pledged to seek congressional approval for lifting caps on defense spending that were part of "sequestration" legislation that imposed cut spending across the board.

"We don't want to have a depleted military because we’re all over the place fighting in areas that we shouldn't be fighting in. It's not going to be depleted any longer," he said.

Trump said any nation that shares these goals will be considered a U.S. partner."We don't forget. We want to strengthen old friendships and seek out new friendships," he said. He said the policy of "intervention and chaos" must come to an end.

While U.S. armed forces are deployed in far-flung places around the globe, they are only involved currently in active combat in the Middle East, specifically Iraq and Syria for the most part."We will build up our military not as an act of aggression, but as an act of prevention," he said. "In short, we seek peace through strength.""

34 comments:

Trooper York said...

A great restatement of basic principles of our foreign policy. The foreign policy of George Washington. Avoid foreign entanglements. America First. Reward our friends and punish our enemy. Back to basics.

Trooper York said...

Great post.

edutcher said...

What he really means is avoid the stupid mistakes of the last 8 years. Don't throw away victory. Don't start fights that gain us nothing. don't involve us in quarrels that are not in our interests.

Trooper York said...

A great restatement of basic principles of our foreign policy. The foreign policy of George Washington. Avoid foreign entanglements. America First. Reward our friends and punish our enemy. Back to basics.

When George talked about avoiding foreign entanglements, the world was farther away. Some alliances are necessary; Pearl Harbor, 3/4 of a century ago, proved that.

The trick is knowing when to get involved and when to stay out.

Eric the Fruit Bat said...

A CVBG in every U.S. port!!!

bagoh20 said...

George W. Bush started out with the same rhetoric, then something happened.

“No Battle Plan Survives Contact With the Enemy”

Leland said...

There are a few things that I'm happy Obama did:

He got out of the way of private space efforts.

He told other nations it was time they handled their own security.

I'm also happy with what he did to gun sales and the oil boom, but truth be told, he did everything he could to hurt both, and fortunately his power was limited (mostly by federal court rulings).


I want a strong military, but I have no interest in saving any warring tribe in Syria.

Rabel said...

What's the "V" in CVBG or CV represent?

edutcher said...

CV is aircraft carrier, BG battle group.

bagoh20 said...

George W. Bush started out with the same rhetoric, then something happened.

“No Battle Plan Survives Contact With the Enemy”


You're missing the point, possibly intentionally.

It's the interventions, like Willie in Bosnia-Herzegovina or the Beast in Labia and Cereal, that don't really involve us that are optional.

Being attacked, whether in HI or NY, is not optional.

Rabel said...

"CV is aircraft carrier, BG battle group."

Understood. The question is why "V".

bagoh20 said...

Combat Vehicle Battle Group

Calypso Facto said...

A policy we vets can get behind. Now make it stick, Mr. Trump!

Leland said...

CV:

The aircraft carrier emerged as a new type of naval ship following World War I. In selecting an abbreviation to represent this new ship, the US Navy chose the letters "CV" as an abbreviation for "carrier aviation." Although it might seem more logical to use the letters "AC" for "aircraft carrier," a ship designation beginning with the letter A was usually reserved for auxiliary vessels like cargo ships, tenders, hospital ships, oilers, repair ships, and other transports. The code AC itself had already been applied to the collier, a type of ship designed to carry coal and refuel other vessels at sea.

In addition, the aircraft carrier was often seen as a vessel similar to a cruiser since many early carriers around the world were converted from cruisers. Since cruiser designations began with C, it was logical to use the same letter for an aircraft carrier. However, a direct abbreviation of "carrier aviation" was not possible since the designation "CA" was already used for heavy cruisers. The Navy instead chose to use the second letter in aviation to create the designation "CV" that we know today.

Methadras said...

Here is the basic strategy I've outlined before. Change the rules of engagement to NOT include politically correct/multicultural/diversity bullshit. Effectively minimize the rules of engagement to the point that a scorched earth policy is acceptable as far as I'm concerned and with Mr. Mad Dog at the helm, I think they are already formulating such a contingency.

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Rabel said...

Very good, Leland. I give you an A-. Would have been A+ but there is no original source citation such as the USN or DOD or War Department which leaves open the possibility of error in that version of the tale.

edutcher said...

Gonna love this; the C came from the fact carriers were seen as an extension of the cruiser mission (the first carrier, the Langley, was converted from a collier (AC) which had nothing to do with the designation).

The V (are you ready?) comes from the French verb voler, meaning to fly.

We were very cosmopolitan in them thar days.

Rabel said...

This is why Leland got the minus. Ed presents another version of the facts which contradicts Leland's. The truth is out there.

And I give Ed a A+. Not because he's right, but because he's Ed and Mama didn't raise no fool.

Rabel said...

There are contradictory opinions on my final statement too.

deborah said...

Bago, quit making shit up.

AllenS said...

A carrier battle group (CVBG) consists of an aircraft carrier (designated CV)

Leland said...

Ed presents another version of the facts which contradicts Leland's.

I'm missing the contradiction. There really is no reason why both stories cannot be true. These things are done by committee and it simple takes two members to come up with a solution in whatever way they got to it. That starts a consensus.

Oh, and pull quote: "The first ship to adopt this new designation was the USS Langley (CV-1) commissioned in 1922. The Langley had originally been a collier known as the USS Jupiter (AC-3). "

Its not difficult to imagine the conversation:
Project Manager: "Come to order. We are here to discuss what to designate this new vessel. At the last meeting, we agreed to call her Langley, but how will we recognize the class?"

Engineering Manager: "Well, its an aircraft carrier, why not use AC?"

Senior Admiral Advisor: "Listen son, the Langley was originally AC-3 USS Jupiter; we decommissioned that ship, and while she is still the same hull; no self respecting blue suited Navy man from Annapolis would go to war in an Auxillary vessel, and that's what is meant when you start with an A."

Engineer Manager: "Then just flip the letters for carrier aviation, call it CA?"

Senior Admiral Advisor: "Better, because she's as big as a Cruiser now, but I'm not quite sure she's a heavy Cruiser with a few more cannons. Perhaps we could add..."

Project Manager: "Admiral, there's no more budget for cannons."

Congressional Liaison: "Damn things a big Floating Base, how about FB?"

Senior Admiral Advisor: "How about you get us all some coffee, I like my black."

Project Manager: "Let's figure out what we can do starting with C"

Engineering Manager: "Well, the next letter in Aviation is V, what about CV?"

Senior Admiral Advisor: "V is just another vessel, like MV is Merchant Vessel."

Congressional Liaison: "Ah, V has a certain ring to it. You know the French word for flying is Voler."

Senior Admiral Advisor: "Where's that coffee?"

Project Manager: "CV? Admiral, is CV used for any other vessel class?"

Senior Admiral Advisor: "Well, no, but..."

Project Manager: "Fine then, CV it is. Langley will be CV-1. Next order of business..."

XRay said...

Well done, Leland...

deborah said...

This gang rocks.

bagoh20 said...

"Bago, quit making shit up."

Got it off the internets. They never lie. I chose that explanation because in my quick search it was the only one I found multiple places.

deborah said...

Srsly? :)

bagoh20 said...

Google: "CVBG acronym,"

Read the first set of results. For CVBG they only show "Carrier Battle Group" and "Combat Vehicle Battle Group. I have no idea what is correct, which makes me as smart as Google.

deborah said...

Bags, I was just yanking your chain...both times! But I did think you were joking the first time. My bad :(

Sixty Grit said...

When I read "CVBG" I think "Ramones".

deborah said...

?

Sixty Grit said...

From Wiki "Never wrong" Pedia "The letters CBGB were for Country, BlueGrass, and Blues, Kristal's original vision, yet CBGB soon became a famed venue of punk rock and new wave bands like the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, and Talking Heads."

So, U2 get it now?

deborah said...

omg, Sixty is a chick sock puppet...I'm tellin'.

Sixty Grit said...

Damn right!

deborah said...

:)

Sixty Grit said...

;^)