IBD lays out some of the more specific military cuts Obama is putting into motion, and it ain’t good:
IBD – Obama, who betrayed Poland and Czechoslovakia on missile defense and shut down key weapon systems like the F-22 Raptor, has vowed to veto any changes to the mandated cuts, including $650 billion from defense as called for by the Budget Control Act over the next decade.
That comes on top of $460 billion in defense cuts already agreed to — a total of $1.1 trillion in defense cuts our commander in chief is OK with.
A 14-page analysis by the Republican majority staff of the House Armed Services Committee says the cumulative cuts will result in Army and Marine Corps losing 200,000 troops.
The Navy will shrink from 300 ships to 238 vessels and would lose two carrier battle groups needed to project American power and influence. Strategic bombers will fall from 153 to 101. Air Force fighters would drop by more than half, from 3,602 aircraft to 1,512 planes. These are real cuts, both in spending and in military capability.
In a recent joint appearance recently with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the National Defense University, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned, “Very simply, (further cuts) would result in hollowing out the force,” alluding to reductions made in the aftermath of the Vietnam War that left Army units undermanned and ill-equipped. “It would terribly weaken our ability to respond to the threats in the world.”
Maybe that’s the idea. In Obama’s mind, perhaps, we are the threat, the destabilizer. Hence the endless apology tour and the death of American exceptionalism.