Skip to comments.With a Leaner Military, a Long List of Potential Threats
Posted on 01/27/2012 9:32:05 AM PST by Kaslin
Following his long-awaited announcement detailing a proposal for massive defense spending cuts and an overall reduction in military personnel, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed his list of the risks and the most pressing threats to America's security.
"This is going to be tough," Panetta told reporters Thursday. "Obviously it will be a smaller force, and when you have a smaller force there are risks associated with that in terms of our capability to respond."
So in the near future where will the worlds strongest military need to respond?
Panetta says there's a long list of potential problems. Among his top concerns, he says, are: the ongoing war in Afghanistan; the threat of terrorism; the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan; Yemen; a nuclear-capable Iran; a nuclear-capable North Korea; proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; turmoil in the Middle East, and the potential for cyber warfare.
The U.S. military's ground forces, specifically the Army and Marines are slated to lose nearly 100,000 troops. The Army will shrink to 490,000 troops down from the current 562,000. The Marines will shrink by 20,000, down to 182,000.
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I’ve been in the Army a long time. The results are pretty simple when they start downsizing.
A lot of the good will leave, A few of the bad will be kicked out, and what will be left for the most part will be the mediocre soldiers who I wouldn’t buy a used car from.
One of the points of war is to kill your enemy. Fine, do it. Drop bombs, use your facilities to do such actions.
But, don't put troops on the ground to clear a building room by room and have them get shot in the face.
Translation: Just as the federal government has abandoned its obligation to protect America's sovereignty by failing to control its borders, Panetta and Obama are abandoning the federal government's Constitutional obligation to protect America and her citizens.
Better load up on guns and ammo and get that bomb shelter going because Panette/Obama have publicly announced that we are now officially going to be a target!!!
The greatest threat to the military lies in the traitorous bastard in the White House. No other enemy comes close.....
And the number of federal civilian GS employees will shrink by?........oh......there’ll be more of them. You can’t be serious about reducing the federal payroll until you start laying off civilian employees. How many federal bag inspectors are we going to have to have to make sure everyone gets taxed for using plastic bags?