Pres. Obama Plans to Downsize Military Due to Budget Issues
Matt | On 05, Jan 2012
On Thursday, President Obama announced from the Pentagon that the size of the U.S. military will be shrunk over the next few years, primarily out of budget concerns.
In this economic climate, you really cannot blame him. Every single move the government made in the past year — from the debt ceiling fight to annual budgets, spending cuts, and disaster relief, etc. — all has been tied to the budget. The mantra has been that new spending needs to be offset by cuts elsewhere.
Republicans immediately went on the offensive and attacked the president for retreating and not maintaining U.S. security commitments abroad. For many of them, honestly, they never want to see the wars end or the military budget reduced. Their supporters stand to gain from ongoing conflicts that provoke fear and enrich military contractors and oil interests.
These are the same Republicans that constantly gripe about out of control U.S. spending. An entire Tea Party movement was developed around the issue. But many in the GOP, for some strange reason, never want to reduce the military. Isn’t that viable U.S. spending? And face it, the U.S. government isn’t the most efficient organization in the world. I’m sure there is some overlap that could use some trimming in the Defense Department both on and off the battlefield.
The president and his team emphasized that smaller doesn’t mean weaker. The force will be more agile to respond to specific threats. Our military budget will still be larger than the next 10 largest countries combined. But, the days of two simultaneous wars will probably be gone.
“The fiscal choices we face are difficult ones, but there should be no doubt, here in the United States or around the world — we will keep our Armed Forces the best-trained, best-led, best equipped fighting force in history,” the president said in a strategy document.
I know it’s politically unpopular to make these kinds of cuts. But, I think Defense spending is a legitimate area to reduce since its one of the largest in the budget. Maybe once we get our financial house in order then we can look at additional spending.
Until then … I don’t think so!
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