Your View: In dangerous world, don’t cut our military
North Korea has put its artillery and strategic missile forces on “combat ready posture” and said it is prepared to strike targets in South Korea, Guam, Hawaii, Japan and the Continental US.
Iran continues to enrich uranium to weapons grade material and test long range missiles. The safety of Israel is at stake. As soon as Iran has the necessary fire-power they will attack Israel with the intention of wiping the country off the face of the earth.
China, according to reports to Congress, is rapidly building up its strategic nuclear force. China has also has spurned offers from the US to begin talks on nuclear arms, missile defense, space and cyber weapons.
Rebels in Libya have killed 4 Americans and to date none of the culprits have been captured. The unrest in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria , and the whole of the middle east, is frightening.
And then there is Russia. Who knows what crazy Putin is going to do.
I said all that to say this. Is our government blind to what’s going on in the world? Why are we cutting defense budgets now? Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said “the $600 billion military budget cuts in the next decade are potentially devastating.” When added up the defense budget is 16 percent of the federal budget. Under John Kennedy the defense budget was upward to 50 percent of the federal budget.
The threats facing America are greater now than just after 9/11 a decade ago. The Air Force has old planes; the Navy needs ships.
I am all for reducing the national debt, but not at the expense of dismantling the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. Let us not allow Obama to further compromise the strength of our military.
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