Chuck Hagel has been nominated to supervise the beginning of this generation-long process of defense cutbacks. If a Democratic president is going to slash defense, he probably wants a Republican at the Pentagon to give him political cover, and he probably wants a decorated war hero to boot.
In The NY Times today, Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level:
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal that officials describe as the first Pentagon budget to aggressively push the military off the war footing adopted after the terror attacks of 2001.
Yep. I can’t think of a better way to guarantee a World War Three than to shrink our military to the size it was just before we got sucker-punched into World War Two.
By the way, there is a method in Obama’s madness here. The thinking is to shrink the boots-on-the-ground, ships-on-the-sea, conventional-bombers-in-the-air military, leaving us with primarily a nuclear umbrella defense, and drones for the occasional assassination, but not much else in the way of global power projection.
I’m pretty sure Obama and the left are convinced that’s an excellent back-door way to remove American military influence abroad, since everybody assumes we will never use nukes again for any reason whatsoever, even to save ourselves.