I consider myself a moderate. I vote for candidates in both major political parties and I can agree with certain conservative and liberal causes.
I’m all for cutting excessive government spending but keeping what is necessary. A strong military, in my mind, is necessary.
With the Russians getting stronger by the day, and starting to challenge us at every turn, now is not the time to reduce the size of our military.
Ironically, sequestration, which was largely a conservative design to cut federal spending, is one reason a reduction in the military is taking place. The size of the military cuts are the hot topic now.
Another reason for cutting back the military is the assumption that we’ll be in a peace-time-mode after leaving Afghanistan later this year and won’t need a large standing army.
But that could change. The Ukraine situation is quickly turning into an East-West confrontation. The US and Western Europe are warning Russia about intervening while the Russians are playing military games to show they aren’t intimidated. While a slugfest with the Russian army is highly unlikely, having a strong standing army adds substance to any negotiations.
China is also building a more powerful military and is starting to project its might on the Asian continent. We have many allies there including Japan which, incidently, is strengthening its military forces too. So are the Germans in Europe, who like the Japanese are big allies, but also old adversaries. Even friendly nations become more emboldened as they increase their military influence.
In other words, countries seem to be getting more militaristic while we’re discussing becoming less. Throw in the Iranians and North Koreans and there are potential trouble spots all around the world that we need to be prepared to deal with.
To Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s credit, he’s suggesting the military reduce the number of troops and use a tighter defense budget for more weapons technology and specialized ops forces. He’s trying to make the best of a bad situation. A downside, however, and something that will affect the state of Florida, is a cut in military bases. Florida has a strong military economy, especially in the Panhandle.
We should make every effort within reason and good common sense to keep our military strong and even menacing to our friends and foes alike. Showing weakness, even the slightest little bit, can invite a whole lot of trouble.