I totally agree
End the occupation! Bring the troops home - from Korea, Japan, Germany, Africa, etc. Secure our borders, build our missile defense, and stop screwing around. The Navy is our most powerful asset abroad. It’s not a global force for good. It exists to kill people and break things. Make sure it can do that.
We don’t need all the bases we have to support a blue water navy.
This budget sequestration came about because House & Senate members of both parties, plus our idiot president didn’t have the guts to address out of control federal and spending during earlier negotiations on the debt limit and budgets. Sequestration was dreamed up as a mandatory spending cut if they didn’t agree to more directed or selected cuts now.
The day of mandatory cuts will arrive soon, so better these clumsy cuts than no cuts. I am sad that military personnel numbers cuts will happen as we have asked our men & women at the sharp end of the spear to endure too many rotations to battle zones recently. Repeated rotations over tax their emotions due to cumulative battle fatigue and are hard on the families left without a father or mother, either for months or, worse, by deaths. This situation will worsen with personnel cuts.
I know we should not do military operations abroad unless it’s a national necessity, but a super power has many vital national interests and we are still that world power.
Thank you for posting this.
“Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chose to embarrass the White House...”
Nah...this is exactly what the White Hut directed the admiral to do...come up with the lamest, most ill-conceived cuts; cuts that most Americans would never want to support. The blowback will make it easier for Zero and 0bamunists to get the sequester quashed in the House.
Peters has a history of ignorance when it comes to discussing the mission, requirements, and operations of the Navy and Air Force. And he’s not very honest with his “facts” either.
Comparing the F-86D to the F-22 proves his ignorance. Only 187 F-22s exist. 2500 plus F-86Ds were built. The F-86 had guns and could drop a few bombs. Pilots had to get an eyeball on the enemy - radar.
The F-22 pilot has to engage enemies whose weapons can kill him from far over the horizon. He has to keep sterile a large swatch of sky and best opponents who may outnumber him 10 to 1. Etc., etc., etc.
Perhaps Peters would also like to put his Army grunts back in the 50s - no body armor, no GPS, no night vision goggles, no personnel communications devices, and, when everything goes to hell and the Taliban are inside the wire 200 strong, no modern F -22s overhead with pinpoint weapons to save their ass.