23 December 2008

Brace Yourself For Anti-Military Rhetoric To Support Budget Cuts

U.S. Maritime Power Goes Ghetto

Despite the percentage of GDP being spent on the military at historic lows, and the use of "backdoor drafts" like IRR callups and the IA program to prevent young voters from being outraged at serving in "Bush's Wars", the NYT thinks we need some serious budget cuts in our Defense Department. This parlays nicely into the far-left's lame attempt at conspiracy-mongering by saying that the Pentagon brass are going to instigate some kind of coup when Obama takes charge. Here's what the Grey Lady had to say (h/t Jonn):
Trim the active-duty Navy and Air Force. The United States enjoys total dominance of the world’s seas and skies and will for many years to come. The Army and the Marines have proved too small for the demands of simultaneous ground wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are the forces most likely to be called on in future interventions against terrorist groups or to rescue failing states. Reducing the Navy by one carrier group and the Air Force by two air wings would save about $5 billion a year.
I agree that the Army and USMC needs to be increased, but that doesn't necessarily mean gutting the Navy and Air Force (which already had massive cutbacks during the Clinton years). Apparently, the NYT editorial board isn't buying into the deterrence value of the U.S. military. Perhaps they figure Obama's genuine awesomeness will prevent every nation in the world from being overly aggressive (which Russia disproved the day after he got elected). History has not been kind to nations that have a lousy and ill-funded military (think Poland 1939), but those lefty charities that went under due to the Madoff scandal aren't going to pay for themselves. I guess national defense is the first to go in an attempt for the progressive establishment's quest to buy votes by dishing out government entitlements. Makes you really question the priorities in this country.

Next up in the New York Times Editorial hit list will probably be law enforcement, interstates, or some other "unnecessary" government program. I'd like to see the editorial board take on programs rife with corruption and inefficiency that are bankrupting the country like Medicare, Social Security, or this bailout nonsense. But those programs get votes because it means free government money in people's pocket, and in this sorry state of our democracy, the American public only votes for what's in it for them. Maybe we deserve to get conquered and pushed into irrelevance.

13 comments:

Shea said...

Hitler said that whoever rules the skies rules the world. I think history has proved that this is correct.

Shea said...

5 billion doesn't seem like that much of a savings to me, that's less than the wall street executives, took from the bail out for vacations

LT Nixon said...

Yeah, 5 billion in government spending ain't nothing these days! Thanks for following Shea, much obliged.

shea said...

Like you said sir, Not on veterans day, but the week before Christmas, I got a present........was laid off anyway, so maybe it's a blessing

Anonymous said...

Yeah, we need alot more submarines. Those things are so hot.

Bag Blog said...

I've been wondering if in this time of economic crisis, would the military be gaining more recruits? Leave it to the Democrats to want to cut military budgets - I guess they will be pouring that money into welfare.

LT Nixon said...

Bag Blog,

Yes, tough economic times leads to more military recruitment and retention. There's a silver lining to every cloud...of course a lot of those cushy bonuses go away.

cathcatz said...

uh, the main reason why the military's numbers are cut under democratic administrations, is because those presidents don't go looking for wars to fight, they use diplomacy to avoid the unnecessary cost of war in both money and lives.

but hey, if you'd rather die...

Anonymous said...

solution - get rid of submarines.

game....blouses.

LT Nixon said...

I dunno Cathcatz, the Democrats got us into Vietnam, and that required a draft...

olgreydog7 said...

Cause diplomacy ALWAYS works huh Cath? Maybe the GOP just has to clean up the crap after dems foul it up.

Anonymous said...

Hey Nixon, The "Democrats" that got us into vietnam ARE the republicans in our time, dont believe me, ask around. And by the way, yes President Clinton didnt increase the size of the military on his watch, but the BRAC initiatives and SRP "heres your final paycheck" bonuses were the work of Dick Cheney when he was SecDef. We went to war in afganistan with the "Clinton" Army and that would have been a resounding sucsess had enough been sent by SecDef rumpsfelt to finish the job. And if its another sub you want how bout we provide the gear the Army and marine corp needs first, since they are mostly the ones with thier asses hangin in the wind. Killer6 out.

Anonymous said...

I say slash the total military budget by at least half. That includes all the spending for thousands of nukes. And we'd still have the largest military in the world by far. Now that would be a savings of about 300 billion a year.

And no more stupid wars blowing up people that would rather have an ipod than get sliced by a cluster bomb.

Fuck Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld.
Worthless pieces of shit.

Later.
BillyBob