President Barack Obama shakes hands with Sailors, Marines and other service members after delivering his remarks during a rally held on board Naval Air Station Jacksonville. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Anthony C. Casullo/Released)
Obama's Dangerous Defense Experiment -- Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, L.A. Times
The United States has cut down the military so rapidly and so blindly, we're in danger of breaking the back of the force.
Mindful of the repeated rounds of cuts the military has already endured, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, recently delivered a grim warning: "If you want [the military] to be doing what it's doing today, then we can't give you another dollar."
His worries reflect reductions that started in 2009 and have reached crippling levels, even in President Obama's proposals to avert sequestration. I take the general at his word, but I am concerned that the president does not.
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My Comment: Even if one eliminates the U.S. defense budget in it's entirety .... the U.S. will still be running massive budget deficits. America's debt problem is huge, and while it may be politically expedient to focus on programs like cutting the military and increasing taxes on the top 5% .... the problem will still be there.