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Chet Nagle, at the Daily Caller, has been doing his homework on what the administration and Congress have planned for our nation’s defense. At a time when North Korea is stepping up its belligerence, terrorists keep trying to ignite everything from vehicles to their underwear within our borders, and our own CIA Director says that Iran is perhaps a couple of years away from developing nuclear weapons, the US will reduce its defense budget by over $1 trillion.
Yes, you read that right. Among the cuts anticipated is a 30% reduction in Marine Corps manpower, from 202,000 Marines down to 145,000. This will result in a situation, according to Nagle, in which the US, “…will not be able to mount a major amphibious landing on any hostile shore.”
Feeling safer yet? It gets better. Crafted by Barney Frank, the “Sustainable Defense Task Force” calls for a reduction of Navy aircraft carriers from 12 down to 8. The Navy will also go from 14 ballistic missile submarines down to 6. For its part, the Air Force will lose six fighter wing equivalents, and make do with 301 fewer F-35 fighters than are currently planned. And to show that we really mean business, the Air Force’s nuclear bomber force will be eliminated. Our B-1, B-2, and B-52 bombers will carry conventional munitions only. As for missile defense, are you kidding? But don’t think President Obama doesn’t support the troops. He knows how tough multiple deployments can be. So he also plans to reduce the Army’s size from 562,400 troops down to 360,000.
George Will observed that we took a vacation from history after the cold war, but were jolted back to reality on 9/11. Will the governing class ever learn that weakness invites aggression? Is it this president’s mission to make Jimmy Carter look like Conan the Barbarian?Published in