Planning a D-Day invasion with a PC Pentagon

Monday, June 6, 2016
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D-Day Normandy landing 620x300A Normandy-like invasion would be difficult for today's U.S. armed forces to pull off, says a retired U.S. Army general. 

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, the risky World War II invasion plan by the Allies to land on the French coastline and begin a land offensive against Nazi Germany. 

The plan, formally known as Operation Overlord, sent more than 160,000 Allied troops into a 50-mile stretch on the beaches of Normandy, France, and dropped paratroopers behind enemy lines. 


"I'll tell you what, it would be tough," retired Lt. General Jerry Boykin says of a similar invasion in 2016 by today's U.S. armed forces.

"It would be a tough situation now," he says, "given the condition of our military."

Boykin, an early commander of the anti-terrorist unit Delta Force, rose through the U.S. Army ranks during the 1980s. He retired in 2007. 

The retired general tells OneNewsNow that budget cuts have hurt the military's ability to fight such a war again.

"We've cut the force structure," he warns. "We've reduced our military war-fighting capabilities significantly." 

DoD LGBT Pride Month (DoD website)President Barack Obama has been slashing the strength of the U.S. armed forces during his two terms in office to the smallest since before World War II.

The Army Times reported last month that the exit of 2,600 soldiers in March plunged that branch's force to pre-World War II levels.

That so-called drawdown is expected to continue for two more years without congressional or Defense Department intervention, the story stated.

The U.S. Air Force reported in 2014 it planned to ground approximately 500 aircraft due to expected budget cuts. 

In February, the U.S. Navy announced it was "absording" a $7 billion budget cut for its coming 2017 fiscal year by cutting ship numbers and reducing personnel, and cancelling four aircraft squadrons, Defense News reported.  

Ike visits paratroopersBoykin has made national headlines in recent days after he was disinvited from a prayer breakfast at Fort Riley, Kansas, after an atheist activist complained about the retired general's conservative and religious views.

Boykin, 68, is executive vice president of the Family Research Council, a conservative family advocacy group. 

Fort Riley is home of the 1st Infantry Division, which participated in the Normandy invasion.

U.S. navy aircraft carrierAfter pointing out the budget cuts, Boykin says political correctness has also hurt the U.S. armed forces.

In particular, Boykin says, a current "all-out assault" on religious expression is killing morale in the U.S. armed forces.

Other examples could include forcing the armed forces to allow women into front-line combat units; using renewable energy to power U.S. Navy ships; and using Pentagon funds to pay for sex reassignment surgeries

"They should be learning how to close with and destroy the enemy, and call for artillery and call for air support," Boykin complains. "There's so many things they need to be doing."

Military commanders, meanwhile, fear the U.S. is unprepared for a war against Russia or China. 



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