President Obama continues to project foreign policy weakness, as his Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, has proposed “drastic cuts” to the U.S. Army.
We all knew the Army would be shrinking down to 490,000 active-duty personnel, but Hagel’s proposal to cut that number down to anywhere between 440,000 and 450,000, is what former Vice President just called, “absolutely dangerous.”
“This is really over the top… “It does enormous long-term damage to our military.”-Dick Cheney
Hagel’s reasoning for the military cuts.
“We are repositioning to focus on the strategic challenges and opportunities that will define our future: new technologies, new centers of power, and a world that is growing more volatile, more unpredictable, and in some instances more threatening to the United States.” -Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
The U.S. military is a smarter, more agile fighting force than ever before, so Hagel’s argument that prioritizing “Special Operations, Cyber resources, and technological superiority” makes sense, but will it be capable of mounting simultaneous offensive or defensive military campaigns?
In speaking to Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Cheney believes what many Americans already believe, that Obama has always wanted to cut the military spending.
“He said when he went to Cairo in that famous apology tour back in ’09 he believed, apologized for our overreaction to the events of 9/11,” he said, “and today he is fixing it in a way, in a fact where it will be almost impossible for future presidents to deal with that kind of situation.”-Dick Cheney on Fox News
Florida Senator Marco Rubio weighed in:
“Every day, we are reminded that the world remains as dangerous as ever and that we need a modern military to protect the American people and U.S. interests abroad,” Rubio said on Monday. “It is vital that we maintain a strong U.S. military that serves as a capable deterrent, ensures freedom of the seas, and provides security for ourselves and our allies. We also need a military that is able to project force globally when crises emerge, sometimes at a moment’s notice.
“I am concerned that the budget announced today will put all of these goals at risk,” Rubio continued. “Reducing the size of the Army to its lowest levels in 70 years does not accurately reflect the current security environment, in which the administration’s own officials have noted the threats facing our country are more diffused than ever. Cutting key Air Force and naval capabilities just as we are trying to increase our presence in the Pacific does not make strategic sense. I am concerned that we are on a path to repeat the mistakes we’ve made during past attempts to cash in on expected peace dividends that never materialized — mistakes that caused our allies to question America’s staying power and encouraged our enemies to test us.
“We should always look for efficiencies in our military budget and ensure that any wasteful spending is cut or directed to vital programs,” Rubio said in conclusion. “But, the fact of the matter is that this administration has been cutting defense since it came into office and doing little to address our real fiscal challenges. Ultimately, we need to make sure that the real drivers of our debt are addressed. We need to save Medicare and Social Security to not only ensure future seniors can retire with dignity and a safety net, but also to make sure that we don’t sacrifice our security in order to deal with our debt. President Obama’s upcoming budget reflects his indifference to doing anything about a growing $17.3 trillion debt, as well as his naïve and misguided perception of just how dangerous the world is.”-Sunshine State News