The frightening cost of Obama’s war on our military.
In 1970, when Richard Blumenthal served, many young Americans joined the military reserves to avoid fighting overseas. Today, by contrast, many young Americans join the reserves precisely so that they can fight overseas. That’s because America today has an operational reserve that is integral to the U.S. military and its war-fighting team. This is an important achievement which we must sustain. Indeed, Congress must ensure that we never revert back to the bad old days when reservists were second-class citizens and unequal members of the United States military.
The Obama administration is trying to cut the defense budget again, and ironically in the name of fiscal discipline. But while reform is desirable, it should not be used as a ruse to further cut a defense budget that is already too small. How conservatives respond to the Obama administration’s latest offensive will help determine whether the Right still stands for a strong national defense and an assertive U.S foreign policy.
Conservatives like Bill Kristol and John McCain still don’t ‘get’ the defense budget. Nor do they understand 21st Century U.S. military requirements. McCain actually wants to cut the defense spending. Kristol wants to increase defense spending, but doesn’t understand what that the new money must be spent on. Both Kristol and McCain, moreover, lack strategic vision. And both contribute to the failure of strategic vision that is now endemic on the Right.