Is This Really A Good Time To Cut Back Our Military?

According to news reports, the US military will be cut dramatically:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years through a series of base closures and troops cuts, and by completely eliminating several Air Force aircraft fleets.

The move comes as the U.S. Army moves into the final phases of a massive troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, and Congress raises new red flags about American deficit spending.

Hagel surprised some observers on Monday when he outlined a global military philosophy that removed America from the center of its universe.

The development and proliferation of more advanced military technology of other nations – it means that we are entering an era where American dominance on the seas, in the skies, and space can no longer be taken for granted,’ Hagel said.

As a consequence of large budget cuts, our future force will assume additional risks in some areas, he added.

That sets the table for a coming congressional battle over what to keep and what to toss out.

To be fair, we need to reevaluate our military from time to time. We need to understand that future wars are more likely to look like Afghanistan or targeted missions against terrorist cells than D-Day or the Tokyo bombing raids.

However, I oppose these cuts because they will confirm that the US is in retreat.

This is the wrong message when we have China rising and sending its warships around.

It is also the wrong message for President Putin, North Korea, Iran and other enemies of the US, as my friend Bill Katz posted today.

Question: What happened 74 years ago when we had this size of a military? It was 1940 and we should remember what happened after that. We had to rush to build our forces because we weren’t ready for world challenges!

Written by Silvio Canto, Jr.

10 Responses to Is This Really A Good Time To Cut Back Our Military?

  1. Joseph Tschappat says:

    Hagel is making a dire mistake in my opinion ,as the USA has lost the respect of the rest of the world . We are viewed as weak and unreliable under The Obama Administrastion. Chuck Hagel has become just another Obama whore and he’s a disgrace to the uniform he once wore . Viet Nam Vet. 1968-69

  2. Jeanette Halverson says:

    I will state that the murderer/ Dictator should & needs to be CRIMINALLY charged with IMPEACHMENT, TREASON, HIGH TREASON. the only reason that the murderer/ dictator wants to cut our Defense Bill so that when the American PEOPLE Rise up & take back our COUNTRY is so that we THE AMERICAN PEOPLE do not have our MILITARY on our side. I mean just like the murderer has been getting rid of other top official MILITARY because The top OFFICIALS will not FIRE on us.

  3. Terry Glppert says:

    Their is no way in hell that the American People want have armed Forces redusced to what the where in 1942.The Dictator and his administration needs to be impeached and tryed for high treason, before their America left.who and the fuck this shit bag think he is we have never had a President that would attack our Constitution on a daily, when will our spineless Congress grow their own balls and remove this Dictator from our White House!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • patrick says:

      Really a dictator lol get a life . Bush was more of a dictator a list and should have charges brought against him for Iraq. And Guantanamo.

  4. patrick says:

    I think it is should we constantly police the world. Its the people who believe in absolutism who believe that our reign should consume the globe and our ideology should fallow suite. The Nazis believed the same and so did Rome.

  5. patrick says:

    And if you speak against the commander in chief and your in or ever been in the service you should be ashamed of your self.

    • Ben Moody says:

      Patrick . . . “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” – President Theodore Roosevelt.

  6. patrick says:

    In fact you guys might as well post on al jazzier because that’s the kinda propaganda AlQuida like to throw out there

  7. Terry Glppert says:

    To start with if you have read the US Constitution would . Patrick the so called Dictator is attacking our freedom’s everyday, Obama needs to tryed for Treason and high crimes.

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