Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the Army is to shrink to its lowest troop levels since before World War II under the budget proposed Monday. The budget contemplates the mothballing of hundreds of aging aircraft and warships. If the budget is approved, the Army would drop from today’s active-duty force of 522,000 soldiers to between 440,000 and 450,000 over the next three years.
“Since we are no longer sizing the force for prolonged” ground wars, the Army is larger than required and “larger than we can afford,” said Hagel.
Our armed forces must be the only area of the federal government subject to actual cuts in the proposed budget. Elsewhere Obama has declared an end to the era of austerity that has supposedly tied his hands. It’s almost funny.
Who in his right mind can think the proposed reduction in forces is a good idea? In the segment below, Sean Hannity elicits a few choice comments from Dick Cheney, followed by Ralph Peters and Pete Hegseth.