Obama’s Legacy of Gutting Our Military

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 and is filed under Blog

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This president has his priorities backwards.  He desires to spend away our grand-children’s inheritance on unconstitutional redistribution programs, yet he is severely cutting funding for our military, which is the one core function of government.  Obama plans to offer a budget that will cut an additional $500 billion from defense.  All of the cuts will be incurred by our military; they will  not come out of war spending.

Here are two specific casualties of Obama’s defense policy that have surfaced in media reports today:

1) Our Drone fleet will not be replenished.  Everyone agrees that our drone attacks have been our most successful tool in the war on terror.  Yet, according to a defense analyst, we will regress in our drone technology as a result of the Obama cuts:

The U.S. Air Force will end the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned drone in favor of older U-2 planes, a defense analyst said Tuesday. […]

Thompson wrote that cutting the Global Hawk drone, which can travel longer distances than the U-2, does not make sense in the new U.S. military strategy with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

“The Global Hawk far surpasses U-2 and other airborne surveillance systems in a facet of performance deemed crucial to the vast distances of the Pacific: endurance,” Thompson wrote.

2) We will not have enough ground troops.  As we’ve seen throughout the past decade, no matter how many innovative weapons we may deploy to the war theater, we can never replace ground troops.  The Hill has the details on the cuts:

The Army is planning to cut at least eight brigades and 80,000 troops as it trims its budgets, U.S. officials confirmed Wednesday.

The new brigade cuts, which will happen over several years, will reduce the number of Army troops to 490,000 from a high of 570,000. The cuts, first reported by the Associated Press, could reduce the number of brigades from 45 to as low as 32.