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The Incredible Shrinking U.S. Military

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Barack Obama waves to U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in AfghanistanBy the end of this decade, the U.S. Army will be the smallest that it has been since World War II, the U.S. Navy will be the smallest that it has been since World War I, and the U.S. Air Force will have gotten nearly 500 planes smaller.  Without a doubt, the U.S. military has not been used wisely in recent years, but the world is not becoming a more stable place.  The threat of war appears to be greater than it has been in a very long time, and yet the Obama administration seems obsessed with gutting our national defenses.  So exactly what is Obama’s agenda anyway?  In a world that is getting crazier with each passing day, why would he want to steadily shrink the size of the U.S. military?

In October 2012, there were about 550,000 Americans serving in the U.S. Army.  According to the Army Times, that number has declined by about 30,000 since that time, and it is scheduled to go down by another 30,000 over the next 17 months…

Nearly 30,000 soldiers must be removed from the active rolls in the next 17 months if the Army is to make the first waypoint in a drawdown that eventually will reduce the force to 450,000, or even 420,000, soldiers.

As of April 1, there were 519,786 troopers on active duty, according to the most recent accounting of Regular Army strength by the Defense Manpower Data Center.

An army of more than 400,000 may sound very large to a lot of people, but the truth is that the U.S. Army will soon be the smallest that it has been since before the U.S. entered World War II.  If world peace prevails for the next decade or two, that would probably be fine, but if a major global war involving the United States erupts, we could end up being woefully unprepared for it.

Incredibly, even though military veterans are being treated like absolute trash under the Obama administration, there are still lots and lots of young people that want to join the Army.  But because of these cutbacks, the Army is actually turning down 80 percent of the young people that try to enlist.

Meanwhile, the size of the U.S. Air Force is being reduced as well.

According to Stars and Stripes, the Air Force is going to get almost 500 planes smaller over the next five years…

The Air Force plans to cut nearly 500 planes from its inventory over the next five years if the Defense Department’s Fiscal 2015 budget request is approved by Congress, the service announced Monday.

The reductions — which would affect the active duty, Guard and Reserve — would be implemented in 25 states and the District of Columbia, according to a diagram provided by the Air Force. Only 47 planes would be eliminated overseas at a time when officials are emphasizing the importance of maintaining a strong forward presence to deter adversaries and respond quickly to crises.

I could maybe understand not adding a lot of planes to the Air Force during the coming years, but why in the world do we have to get rid of nearly 500 planes?

That does not make any sense to me.

And as I mentioned above, the U.S. Navy is also getting smaller.  In fact, according to an article by Steve Cohen in the Wall Street Journal, it is already the smallest that is has been since World War I…

With the U.S. Navy arguably at its smallest since 1917, we don’t have many ships that are actually at sea. Only 35% of the Navy’s entire fleet is deployed, fewer than 100 ships.

And according to that same article, the state of combat readiness of our naval fleet is more than just a little bit alarming…

Last month I was flown onto the USS Carl Vinson while its crew conducted training exercises about 150 miles off San Diego in the Pacific. Commissioned in 1982, the Vinson is one the Navy’s oldest nuclear-powered carriers. In a briefing before the flight to the carrier, I asked how many carriers the Navy had deployed world-wide that day, and how many it could deploy within 30 days. A Naval officer said three were deployed that day, and one more could get under way within a month—a far cry from the 11-carrier fleet mandated by Congress.

At this point in the article, many are probably thinking that we don’t have to worry about the size of our military because nobody would ever dare attack us because of the overwhelming size of our strategic nuclear arsenal.

Sadly, things have changed dramatically in that regard since the days of the Cold War.

Back in 1967, the United States had an arsenal of more than 31,000 strategic nuclear warheads.

Since 1967, the size of the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal has been reduced by about 95 percent.  The START Treaty that Barack Obama signed back in 2010 limits both the United States and Russia to a maximum of 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads.

Unfortunately, that was not nearly enough of a reduction for Obama.

In June 2013, he announced to the world that he has decided that the United States can reduce the number of our deployed nuclear warheads by another one-third…

After a comprehensive review, I’ve determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies, and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent, while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third.  And I intend to seek negotiated cuts with Russia to move beyond Cold War nuclear postures.

If those cuts are made, that would reduce the size of the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal to about 1,000 warheads.

And there has even been some talk that the Obama administration ultimately wants to reduce our arsenal down to just 300 warheads.

At a time when nuclear weapons are getting into more hands around the world than ever, that is beyond reckless.

Additionally, under the Obama administration we have seen an unprecedented wave of seasoned officers forced out of the U.S. military.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “Why Are Dozens Of High Ranking Officers Being Purged From The U.S. Military?

So where does all of this leave us?

It leaves us much, much weaker in a world that is becoming more unstable with each passing day.

If something does happen, perhaps we can have robots fight for us.  After all, that is what the U.S. military is spending lots of money on these days.  For example, the Office of Naval Research is spending millions to develop “robots that have morals”

The Office of Naval Research will award $7.5 million in grant money over five years to university researchers from Tufts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Brown, Yale and Georgetown to explore how to build a sense of right and wrong and moral consequence into autonomous robotic systems.

“Even though today’s unmanned systems are ‘dumb’ in comparison to a human counterpart, strides are being made quickly to incorporate more automation at a faster pace than we’ve seen before,” Paul Bello, director of the cognitive science program at the Office of Naval Research told Defense One. “For example, Google’s self-driving cars are legal and in-use in several states at this point. As researchers, we are playing catch-up trying to figure out the ethical and legal implications. We do not want to be caught similarly flat-footed in any kind of military domain where lives are at stake.”

The decline of the U.S. military will probably not have serious consequences in the immediate future.

But someday we might look back and deeply, deeply regret the gutting of the U.S. military that took place during the Obama administration.

So what do you think?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

Barack Obama waves to U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan

  • Gay Veteran

    “…The threat of war appears to be greater than it has been in a very long time….”
    WHERE? Ukraine? we have NO business being there.

    • afchief

      Are you deaf, dumb and stupid? Al Qaeda is growing and getting worse. Russia and China are growing their military. North Korea has developed nukes so has Iran. There will never be peace on the Earth until Christ returns. In fact the bible says it will get worse.

      • Rodster

        He’s not stupid. We have no reason being in Ukraine or anywhere else in this world unless we are attacked on our home soil. Most of our enemies we have created and expanded by convenience like Al Qaeda.

        The reason Russia and China are expanding their military is because NATO at the behest of the USSA is closing in on them. Look at the NATO map. You’ll clearly see our military bases pushing up against their borders.

        The only thing standing in the way of America World domination is Russia, China and Iran. Every one else is either a Puppet State of the US or to weak to fight the US military.

        • Gay Veteran

          amen

        • afchief

          “Walk softly and carry a big stick” ring a bell. Having a sizeable, well trained military is a deterrent to other countries. You are NAIVE to think peace will ever happen in this world.

          Right now we have a coward in the White House who believes in shrinking the military to pay for the ever increasing welfare class he is creating.

          • Rodster

            No, we have drugged up psychopaths in the White House that want to protect the World’s Reserve currency at all cost.

            Big difference!

          • afchief

            Maybe! We also have a pathological liar in the White House who is trying to destroy the military. Obama hates the military; he is doing his best (and very effectively) to destroy the military, through social engineering, through the firing of top admirals and generals; through massive budget cuts. The shameful mistreatment of sick and dying veterans is a star on Obama’s crown. This scandal is really the perfect example of Obama killing two birds with one stone: he gets to screw veterans, while destroying health care. It is truly a high accomplishment for Obama to oversee the destruction of health care for veterans. I imagine Michelle now is truly proud of her country.

          • Gay Veteran

            we have dying veterans because of our imperial wars.
            as George Washington said: NO foreign entanglements.
            Bring the troops home. Rebuild America.

          • mode1bravo

            It’s not Michelle, it’s Michael. Google Michael Obama and you’ll see what I mean.

          • Gay Veteran

            and yet the Pentagon budget has not been cut one penny.
            You want empire? Then send your money. Send your kids to fight the imperial wars. But keep the rest of us out of your psycho drama

      • Geroge

        True, Russia and China are growing their military, in order to defend themselves from the US menace. US is the aggressor, not the other way around.

      • Gay Veteran

        al Qaeda??? quit wetting your pants! the government has used the “threat” of terrorism to seize more and more power and to shred our rights.

        • afchief

          What? Prove it?

          • Gay Veteran

            wake up

          • afchief

            Hey your proctologist called! He found your head!!!

            Wake up?!?!? Our current government (obongo) supports terrorism.

          • Gay Veteran

            grab your rifle and go fight, but leave the rest of us out of your psychodrama

          • afchief

            Send in all the “rump rangers”.

          • Gay Veteran

            oh, so your entire inbreed family is going

        • English Kev

          wise words GV.
          the fabricated bogeyman technique was developed he in the UK.
          Tavistock Institute speciality.

      • Randome-11

        ” Qaeda is growing and getting worse.”

        Thanks to who? Yes, that is riiiiiiight. I wish that was true in the case of Russia but that is hardly the case.
        Russian military is proportionally even smaller in numbers than the US one and isn´t good per-se, it just sucks a lot less.

      • Gay Veteran

        “…Russia and China are growing their military….”

        and yet it is the U.S. that has military bases encircling both countries

    • Michael

      Romans 1:26-32

      King James Version (KJV)

      26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

      27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

      28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

      29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

      30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

      31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

      32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

      • Geroge

        This has nothing to do with the fact that there is no outside threat.

        • Michael

          Its geared towards the poster.

          • Gay Veteran

            says the pharisee

      • Chris

        It is off topic… and although it may be relevant to the poster, by putting it here you subject Christianity to ridicule. This topic should be posted publicly in another venue or on another article of that topic.

        • Chris

          … or privately to the poster.

        • Michael

          I do not see how it is subject to ridicule, free will you can do what you want, look specifically at verses 26 and 27 that is why it was posted.

      • Gay Veteran

        good parrot, Polly want a cracker?

    • Geroge

      I agree, there is no threat of any war. All Russia wants to prevent is anther hostile regime, such as the one in Ukraine in their backyard. US govt is totally responsible;e for the current hostilities.US needs to get out of Europe, not just Ukraine.

  • Gay Veteran

    wow, usually your articles are pretty good, but this is just pure BS.
    We need enough military power to defend the 50 states, not go fight another imperial war.
    as George Washington said: NO foreign entanglements

    • Alex Schnarr

      I completely agree – the US was built on having a strong MILITIA, not military to defend the country when needed. Our right to bear arms is entirely seeded in having this militia – if you want to just maintain a massive army, just declare the country a dictatorship already, ban guns and make the elections a complete sham, which they pretty much are already in our corporate bought oligarchy.

      Our army size at the start of the Civil War was 33000. Based on population gain alone, that would be around 330000 today, but the fact is, it was only that big to suppress native uprisings. The north and the south both had massive amounts of volunteers, but both also had a draft (conscription) and that seems to be what the US wants to avoid by keeping a large army, but the days of Imperialism are over – if we need a draft to stop the next wave of Imperialism, so be it. Until then, we’ve got nukes and some of the best military hardware available. R&D doesn’t have to go just because we have a smaller army.

  • K

    The size of the military, is not my concern. It is the low quality of the weapon systems, we continue to pay too much for. It should be obvious where the military is going. They are joining private industry. Get rid of people. People are no longer an asset, they are a problem. Look at the various drone programs the military is working on. Yup it is the military’s turn to be replaced by machines. And when these things malfunction, and wipe out a city. Oh well you can’t make an omelet,without breaking some eggs. In short people are not important. Throw a salute to Captain Dunsel.

    • C´mon

      Replaced by machines? Ha! Don´t be ridiculous, the machines would still need proper programmers, engineers, technicians and robot-factory operators…

      Yes, actually competent individuals being properly paid to carry out their jobs + good enough management.

      Something that just isn´t possible with the current system. There is just too much money to be made selling garbage marketed as high-tech by the right contacts.

  • Tatiana Covington

    “Send the Machines!” Recruiting slogan of 2040

  • Reality_Seeker

    Glad to see the reductions; and they don’t go far enough; and they can’t be done fast enough. I wish Ron Paul had gotten elected so most of the military could be home by now— except for those absolutely necessary for forward observation and national defense.

    The U.S. military needs to be tasked with national defense not empire building. Large standing armies are obsolete unless you want to invade other countries and put boots on the ground. Good riddance to an obsolete military which acts like the goon-cop of the world.

    The focus should be on arming the U.S. with top secrete weapons of mass destruction and updated nuclear weapons second to none, e.g., the most deadly and heavily armed submarine fleet in the world; the fastest, most advanced nuclear missile systems; attack satellites armed with top secrete velocity weapons able to deliver within minutes high-velocity projectiles that impact targets at such high speeds that the energy released is equivalent to a nuclear bomb but without the radioactivity.

    The current military is a lot like the public school system: obsolete in a modern world.

    • Thomas

      I wonder how you, and those who think like you, will feel when the Russians, Chinese, et al, are raping and pillaging across America???
      Maybe it will be YOUR Wife & Daughter receiving the attention of our VISITORS.

      • They are coming!

        It is the Reptilians.

        The Reptilians are already in charge, soon their main fleet will arrive and they will use Earth as a base to mount a counter-attack against those who destroyed their home planet.

      • Gay Veteran

        quit wetting your pants, our bloated Pentagon needs to be cut in half

      • william mony

        actually it will be them teamed up with DHS using DHS clothing and Vehicles
        they are already here and now even the FDA is getting nice new Sig 40 machine guns
        vote in more democrats for more gun control !!!

  • heretickle

    What an absolutely ridiculous article.
    The author is calling for massive military expasion to face an non-existant threat. How many evil villains does the US government have to create to justify the theft of the savings and legacy of the American people. False flags, phony wars, unjustified slaughter and maimed servicemen all brought to you by the prostitutes in Congress, the “current” whore in the White House, and the evil banks who own everything and enslave everyone. We need a militay to protect our borders and defend the homeland; everything else is excess crony capitalism at its finest.
    We have F-35s that cost $240 million per copy and do not work.
    We have an Osprey program that nobody wants, kills our Marines but will not die.
    We have soldier flak jackets and vests that routinely fail real world tests.
    We out source our uniforms, boots and FLAGs to China.
    We give the Israelis money to steal our technology so they can turnaround and sell it back to us through a defense department, homeland security, CIA and NSA contracts?
    Our officers pin phony medals on their chests?
    What is wrong with this picture.
    If the author wants a big military let him pay for it all by himself.

  • jhpace1

    The cuts have begun. It is not just the active military, but the Reserves and National Guard. We do not have soldiers on our borders, or protecting our own military bases. Those positions have been filled by toothless Border Guard, by empowered TSA, by private security services. Veterans are not to be trusted, as they have been used and abused overseas, coming back with psychological/drug problems, or are too patriotic and traditional for the elite.

    The military used to be one way for upward mobility from the poor to the middle class. But the elite do not reward soldiers, only minions.

    • Gay Veteran

      and these veterans will become your local police and will join the rest of the blue bullyboys

  • Rebecca

    Obama is a Muslim and is doing everything he can to undermine our nation from within. He has done a very good job because he continues to get away with it. Our leaders are too cowardly to impeach him and remove him from office because everyone is afraid of being accused of racism.
    Our next president will be Hillary and she will pull the same crap because everyone will be afraid of going against the first woman president.

  • DJohn1

    First: the hardware is overly expensive and too easily destroyed with equipment that is a fraction of the cost. That is a logistic nightmare for any armed force.
    Second: You do not have enough money on this planet for a sensible person to join a force where they are constantly reassigned to hazzardous duty. 2, 3, and even 4 tours in the Middle East amongst one of the most unreliable native populations on the planet. One that uses people not of their religion as livestock. Those same people believe in suicide for the cause and those suicides go directly to paradise. If they don’t kill you on your first tour of duty, the 3rd or 4th might get you and free them from paying you a measily pension that they cannot afford.
    The problem is money. The logistics involved are not good.
    A reality check might be in order. We need to mind our own business in the world and stop minding everyone else’s business. We need to drop foreign aid to all countries and rejoin the real world.
    Our currency needs to be based on a commodity. A commodity easily exchanged for cash. Easily bought back by this commodity. I suggest Oil might be a commodity everyone can agree on because everyone needs gasoline to drive their vehicles.
    Natural Gas is a good commodity that might work. Especially if we convert the world’s trucks over to this fuel in the future instead of diesel.
    When our military buys SUVs they buy expensive toys that get 9 miles to a gallon of gas. The SUVs cost anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 a piece.
    9 out of t0, a half ton truck at half the price would work and it would get anywhere from 15-22 miles per gallon depending on how it is designed. Is it an 8, 6, or 4 cylinder vehicle and how easily is it repaired in an emergency on the spot by our troops?
    Our Navy cannot stand in an armed conflict today. I’d get rid of it. Those Carriers were obsolete years ago.
    The technology and engineering of today can put one of these ships on the bottom of the ocean in about an hour or less. Logistics is tricky. It requires a brain not readily apparent in the top ranks when they want to build more obsolete ships.
    The ship that will win will be a stealth carrier that works underneath the waves not on top. It will be light weight. It will be capable of flying 20 to 30 feet above the waves and travel at 500 miles per hour. It will be virtually invisible to the opposing enemy. It will be armed to the teeth with weapons that are cheap to reproduce. The airplanes it launches will be launched from pads inside the ship not on a surface aircraft carrier. The day of monster ships is over with.
    The aircraft will control drones that are easily replaced and inexpensive compared with $500,000 drones currently in use.
    I sympathize with any leader dealing with WWII technology updated poorly to meet today’s needs. So reducing this dinosaur down to make way for real tech and engineering makes a lot of sense to me.

    • Randome-11

      One of the army rangers involved in getting Jessica Lynch out of detention just died.

      The system is not reformable. Those controlling it have made sure that the plebe does not have such an opportunity. Soon enough, they will likely cast aside all pretense of elections and rule of law, instead it will be the rule of drone strikes and tanks in the streets, firing straight against the protests of the desperatly hungry and poor.

  • MIchael in Chicago

    Whatever the reason it has nothing to do with balancing the federal budget. He clearly does not care about that either.

  • Geezer

    Since our armed forces no longer worship the God of the bible, they are just a bunch of armed men looking for another war to lose.

    • Gay Veteran

      bilge

  • Jason7189

    Reducing the Military is a good thing……but not right now. This is the absolute wrong time to do this! It’s emboldening and more or less saying to Russia and the rest of the World, the US is just going to be an observer, do whatever you want.

    You have to at least put some doubt in peoples mind, you’re going to act Militarily. People say, droning people is smart. I agree to a point, but the rest of the World (especially Arab Nations), view it as, we don’t have the Courage or stomach to fight face to face. Therefore they lose even more respect for the US, to go along with wanting our demise.

    • Geroge

      No, Russia is not the bully. They are just protecting their natural interests in Ukraine. It was the US govt that helped to overthrow the legitimately elected govt and put in an unelected tyrannical, anti-Russian junta. Russia is the good guy in this fight. Tell me what business has the US interfering in Ukraine.This is Russia’s backyard, not US’s.

  • Geroge

    I doubt this is really the case. All I see is the ever expanding military budget and the US military increasingly engaged all over the world , bringing death and destruction wherever they go.

    None of this has anything to do with our safety and everything
    to do with the creation of the New World Order.

    There are also numerous proxy wars being waged by various rebel
    groups (Syria) who are directly funded and supported by the US govt. Add to that US/EU puppet regime such as the unelected junta running and ruining Ukraine and working hard to instigate war with Russia.

    You get the picture.

  • fleabug

    This is what happens when radicals and a mussslim steel a nation.

  • krinks

    The Swiss survived two world wars without a military. Every adult male gets an automatic weapon and trains in its use. Not even Hitler was bold enough to take that on. Recall how long it took to subdue the Warsaw Ghetto that was unarmed thanks to gun control. Costa Rica became free and prosperous unlike any of its neighbors once they disbanded their military. Notice the trend?

  • JohnJ

    As congress has not declared a war since WW2, I think that the reduction in size of the US military is long overdue.

  • Hiroshi Yamamoto

    Chinese and Russians are happy.
    Cutting the military, aging equipment and war gear.
    While militarizing police and government services like NSA or DHS.
    Drones soon will be patrolling US airspace.
    So why we need so many troopers?
    This year around 70k troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan because opium fields are secured by corrupted pro-American gov’t of Kabul. They will put them in Eastern Europe or Japan?

    • Randome-11

      “They will put them in Eastern Europe or Japan?”

      Put them into these red states that selfishly refuse to share their wealth.

      All these wars of insurrection sure would help the US governement how to figure out how to fight their own case of opposition to the suspension of elections and martial law…

  • Piglet

    RE: “…according to an article by Steve Cohen in the Wall Street Journal, it is already the smallest that is has been since World War I…”

    If we were still arming our military with WW I weapons, this might present a problem. Would you prefer 100 Sopwith Camel aircraft or one F-16?

    RE: “But because of these cutbacks, the Army is actually turning down 80 percent of the young people that try to enlist.”

    It’s not because of the cutbacks. This has been going on for some time, and it’s because youth today are too overweight (ever notice how fat today’s sugar-gobbling kids are?), too stupid (can’t pass fairly easy entrance exams), they have criminal records, tattoos that are beyond regulation (apparently spraying graffiti isn’t enough, now they have to deface themselves), they have poor health, they can’t pass drug tests, they have birth defects, they already have kids at a young age as single parents, they’ve dropped out of school at a young age and don’t meet the minimum education requirements, etc. We Americans like to think we’re God’s gift to the Earth and we’re better than everyone else, but when 80% can’t even qualify to enlist as E-1s, that’s just pitiful. That some of the toads in uniform actually represent the upper 20% of American youth is a sobering thought.

    And it doesn’t end there. After enlistment a great many don’t make it through basic or advanced training because they’re simply too screwed up and shouldn’t have been allowed in anyway, and a great many don’t complete their first enlistment because they’re still too screwed up, they get into drugs and alcohol, they commit criminal acts, they write lots of bad checks, they drink and drive, they join gangs, they beat their wives or girlfriends, etc.

    A lot of people who haven’t been in the military get the idea that military people are overgrown Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. As someone who was in the military for several decades, I can assure you that’s not the case at all.

    There are some very good, decent and smart people in the military but there are others who are among the worst you could find anywhere.

  • jsmith

    Ouch Michael! Sorry you are getting some flak here, but after all this country is broke. Time to pull back and build a fortress America, and let the rich Germans and Frenchies, did I say rich as they are both broke as well, well let them spend the money for a change. Also, remember that if you take the money away from social security and food stamps to pay for another Reagan style buildup, you will have riots braking out.

  • Matt

    “The decline of the U.S. military will probably not have serious consequences in the immediate future.”

    Actually, you are wrong about that. There are ominous signs right now in the East China Sea and South China Sea. China is on the path to war with the US.

    Russia has threatened the US either directly or indirect with nuclear attack or targeting at least 15 times since 2008. It pretty much threatened to nuke us if we keep interfering in the Middle East.

    In my opinion, the US might not exist by the end of Obama’s term.

    • Gay Veteran

      who is threatening who? it is the U.S. that has military bases encircling Russia and China

      • william mony

        we won’t win fighting either one
        so why we are pushing war with either is madness

  • Allan Elliott

    How is it that we still have 700+ military bases around the world? Why is our military budget several times larger than all other countries combined? Something doesn’t add up here.

  • evan davis

    It certainly doesn’t help me sleep at night. It is inconceivable to me that we would reduce our military in this day and age of mounting threats on every side.

  • Paul

    The Obamanation doesn’t trust the military to kill their fellow Americans, so he cuts them and builds up Homeland Security to use against the Citizens. FEMA camps are prepared and waiting.

  • http://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/ SLIMJIM

    This is very unfortunate. You would think people would have learned the lesson of deterrence…

  • Josh

    Good. About time.

  • Salty Gunner

    The budget will not shrink.

  • Salty Gunner

    While not a popular stance, I can only see what the US military has become—the greatest threat to the world. Of the armed conflicts in the world over the last century, the US initiated the most. It ranks with Russia as one of the two largest arms dealers to the world. Its civilian leaders have demonstrated that they are willing to use it in senseless, expensive, and immoral wars, even if they have to lie to make a sufficient case. Good riddance, if by cutting numbers it will make them less useful to the warfare state and the military-industrial complex.

  • Salty Gunner

    We just need to borrow more money from China to defend ourselves from China. Well, it’s been working so far.

  • RapidRay01 .

    You have not got the resident o memo , the DHS is now the Imperial Guard replacing the U. S. Military !

  • Greg Burton

    Now the dirty work of carving out the empire for the oligarchy has been accomplished, there is now no place in the Satanic New World for patriotic troops, loyal to their country, their constitution.

    The future military and police, for the oligarchy, are the mercenaries, loyal to no one, owned and operated by the oligarchy; their privatized cadres of professional soldiers who will have no qualms about rounding up or even shooting those protesting the gun confiscation, the failure to prosecute the bank fraud, investigate 9/11, their enslavement.

  • http://www.booksbyoliver.com/ Delaware River

    As a Vietnam veteran and a father of two sons, I am pleased to see the military start reducing it’s capabilities.
    We need the DoD budget to take care of our citizens before helping foreign countries that hate us.

  • Jean Dupont

    Russia and China military technology is getting better than US army. Alquaeda is financed by US/EU puppet to extend banking control over financial autonomous countries. US loose one of the 3 power control (justice, army and politics). Now the politics use drone directly thru private company without agreement of the army under CIA decision. Most american speak only English, so they can not access to other sources of information. American dollar is dying rapidly. The rest of world is working on this hardly and to be franckly, I hope it to append. Every US incursion wipe the dollar out now. US killed more people thru manipulation than during the entire second war to save…not their “way” of life but their wallet and hegemony. US is loosing his leadership and looking at the last 70 years history is a good thing for the rest of the planet. I forgot, i’m French. Thank you for coming in 1945 but now, please, stay home.