Archive for 5 January, 2012

Obama to Gut Military Yet Again. Will Axe Decades-Long Strategy of Maintaining Troop Levels to Fight More Than One War at Once

5 January, 2012

Hey, I’ve got a budget cutting idea for Obama so he can keep all of his “social justice” programs going full blast:  Get rid of the Secret Service!

That way, Obama will feel the same nakedness that the American People are feeling right about now:

Obama plans to cut tens of thousands of ground troops

(Reuters) – The Obama administration will unveil a “more realistic” vision for the military on Thursday, with plans to cut tens of thousands of ground troops and invest more in air and sea power at a time of fiscal restraint, officials familiar with the plans said on Wednesday.

The strategic review of U.S. security interests will also emphasize an American presence in Asia, with less attention overall to Europe, Africa and Latin America alongside slower growth in the Pentagon’s budget, the officials said.

Though specific budget cut and troop reduction figures are not set to be announced on Thursday, officials confirmed to Reuters they would amount to a 10-15 percent decline in Army and Marine Corps numbers over the next decade, translating to tens of thousands of troops.

The most profound shift in the strategic review is an acceptance that the United States, even with the world’s largest military budget, cannot afford to maintain the ground troops to fight more than one major war at once. That is a move away from the “win-win” strategy that has dominated Pentagon funding decisions for decades.

The move to a “win-spoil” plan, allowing U.S. forces to fight one campaign and stop or block another conflict, includes a recognition that the White House would need to ramp up public support for further engagement and draw more heavily on reserve and national guard troops when required.

“As Libya showed, you don’t necessarily have to have boots on the ground all the time,” an official said, explaining the White House view.

“We are refining our strategy to something that is more realistic,” the official added.

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UPDATE:  Obama:  It’s all Bush’s fault I have to gut the military, or something like that:

 


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