Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Pentagon want to reduce the size of the U.S. Army to levels not seen since before World War II. We’ve been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan for 13 long and exhausting years during a time of fiscal stress when the Republicans have demanded cuts in all programs except the military.
And have you noticed? We’ve not been at war with Germany, Japan and the Axis, but with Al Qaeda. A lean, mean fighting machine is exactly what we need to meet these new threats. The military isn’t even allowed to make cuts it wants to. The A-10 attack aircraft isn’t wanted, but Congress won’t nix it, because it’s built and its parts are supplied by Congressional districts all over the nation. It’s apparently the only jobs program Congressional Republicans will support.