Quick Frays: Defense cuts…

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I am a strong proponent for smart defense spending and because of that I’m not necessarily a big fan of the recently announced cuts.

The biggest point that I think will cause these cuts to be painful to America is that a defense cut without brains is akin to putting down your gun but stay standing on the battlefield. Doh! doesn’t come close to covering it folks.

The headline from the presser I watched was how America would not be able to field a two war operation. I don’t know if I believe we’ve had that capability for 20 years or so, but I am convinced our cuts will cause us to be incapable of the operations we and the rest of the world will need our military to perform.

This is not a win.

 

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6 Comments

  1. who? says:

    Making useless toys for big boys is the stupid part.
    When was the last time the US fought a classic land war?
    Korea?
    If we had been prepared for asymmetric war and if dubby had not been asleep at the wheel and fixated on Iraqi oil 911 would not have happened.
    The Soviet Union was killed by military over spending – 80% of GNP by some estimates,. It is happening here.
    All that whining about taxes and budgets?
    Cut the military – job done.

  2. Alfie says:

    …is that a defense cut without brains is akin to putting down your gun but stay standing on the battlefield.
    From the post dog. I applaud that you put forth some very good points in this comment though.
    The point of this post though is captured in the em part in this comment.
    The world is going to do what the world is going to do and that will not change just because we cut the DoD budget.

  3. Tex Taylor says:

    Alfie, leave it to the Who? Dawg to get it ass backwards. The only man I’ve ever met on a blog capable of making Poolman look like an intellectual.

    Actually Dawg, from the end of WWII – the entire military expenditure of GDP went from 3% of the GDP on 9/11, to 4% of GDP still paying for both the Iran and Afghanistan Wars.

    Cutting the fighting forces weakens us. But I would say Alfie, I would like someone to take a long hard look at all that beef hanging around the Pentagon.

    There’s surely some bureaucracy that needs to be cleansed, much of it appointed under Dim Presidents. Evaluate them first, because that is bound to be the most bureaucratic lib bunglers in the mix – registered Dim lightweights like Who Dawg.

  4. “All that whining about taxes and budgets?
    Cut the military – job done.”

    Actually, it isn’t done.

    Recent math shows that even these cuts to the military are not enough to deal with our financial mess.

  5. Alfie says:

    Is anyone here of the opinion that our defense spending is directly tied to our overall foreign policy?
    I also would like to know if folks buy into the MIC thing to the level that it is played by the anti-defense crowd.
    If anyone would spare the time to chime it would be much appreciated.

  6. jonolan says:

    Sadly, I’ve seen no evidence in the span of my life to support the hypothesis that our overall foreign policy is tied at all to our defense spending, readiness, or capabilities.

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