Obama Ready To Decimate America’s Defenses
By Harold Hutchison
The Obama Administration is ready to gut America’s armed forces with deep cuts that include military pay and benefits, as well as dumping the entire force of A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air support planes. The announcement is slated for Monday.
According to a report by Breitbart News, the cuts to be announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel include taking the Army down to levels not seen since World War II. The active Army will be cut down to as few as 440,000 troops, while the Navy could see eleven Ticonderoga-class cruisers placed in a reduced operational status.
Those still serving will see slashes to their pay and benefits. The planned pay hike over the next fiscal year will only be one percent. Housing and other allowances provided to the troops will also see a reduction in the rate of growth. Subsidies for the commissaries will also see cuts, even as over $103.6 million in food stamps were spent at military commissaries in Fiscal Year 2013.
More disturbingly, the entire force of A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air support planes will be retired. These aircraft, which served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom, have proven to be immensely valuable in supporting ground troops.
“Pentagon officials admit that the traditional American posture of being capable to fight wars on more than one front has been softened so that if such an occasion occurred, success would take more time, there would be more casualties, and enemies would be emboldened,” the Breitbart News report stated.
Obama has reportedly been trying to ease America from a “war footing” since he was elected President. In 2011, he withdrew American troops from Iraq, and there have been discussions about a complete pullout from Afghanistan at the end of 2014.
To weigh in on this defense budget, contact your member of Congress. The number for the Capitol Switchboard is (202)224-3121. Let them know what you think of these cuts.