The time to stop a war from happening on any level is to never inappropriately cut our national defense, especially through a sequestration. AEI indicated in an article what defense chiefs said we face in military cuts. President Obama, as Commander and Chief of our armed forces has done nothing to work towards stopping the looming 2013 cuts; ignoring their warnings.
As Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned lawmakers in a November 2011 letter, sequestration will be “devastating,” yielding “[t]he smallest ground forces since 1940,” “a fleet of fewer than 230 ships, the smallest level since 1915,” and “[t]he smallest tactical fighter force in the history of the Air Force.” General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bluntly told Congress that the sequester’s mandated reductions create “very high risk” to national security.
The Heritage foundation charts the expenditures we spend on other programs while defense spending pales in comparison. Ever since the congressional Super Committee failed to reach agreements in 2011 the Military was on course to massive financial cuts.
Leading far in advance of military defense spending cuts in 2013, Candidate Obama during July 2008 seemed to make a prediction well ahead of time as it relates to our armed forces. He suggested that our military was stretched and that we could no longer rely on them to appropriately protect us. His fix to our supposed weak military was to form a Civilian National Security Force.
How would you pay for this Civilian National Security Force? Maybe the looming massive tax increases on the American people due in 2013; did he know that too? Tax increases the congressional House tried to stop and the Senate failed to take up and the President promised to veto if it made it out of congress.
How could Obama have known future facts concerning the lack of military strength 4 years in advance? To make the “Civilian National Security Force” a solid reality there would have to be a strike through (domestic) to the current military oath: “against all enemies foreign and domestic”.
Will we get a Civilian National Security Force, as Obama proposed, “just as well funded and just as well equipped?” Where are the savings if he pushes for this when the military is gutted funding in 2013, along with military strength, passing on military equipment to the new force that needs upkeep? What government department would control this new force; Homeland Security?
First and foremost, we can all agree there has been and always will be someone or a group or country that is ready and willing to create havoc around the globe. The world has been shrinking in leaps and bounds over the last 50 years; it’s a small neighborhood.
America cannot afford a weak and small military. Time and time again when peace rang out and lasted for any length of time, our military got a haircut, only to quickly scramble to meet a new threat. There is only one way to diminish threats to our citizens. It worked during the Cold War and still can work today: Si vis pacem, para bellum “If you wish for peace prepare for war”