At a time when the the Regime is calling for “an end to austerity” on Domestic spending, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling for shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size in decades, along with other military cuts.
Fox News reported:
Hagel announced his Pentagon budget priorities Monday afternoon. The Army had already been preparing to shrink to 490,000 active-duty members from a wartime peak of 570,000. Hagel is proposing to cut it further to between 440,000 and 450,000.
That would make it the smallest since just before the U.S. entered World War II.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, warned that the cuts would hurt military readiness. And he said the country is only in this position because the Obama administration and Congress will not seriously take on cuts to entitlements.
“It’s all being sacrificed … on the altar of entitlements. This president cannot take on mandatory spending, so all we’ve done in the Congress — and this president — is basically cut discretionary spending,” he told Fox News.
Via the Washington Post, here’s Chuck Hagel showing why he was Obama’s top choice for Defense Secretary.
Obama ran (and won) on being a strong foreign policy president, but the truth is, um – he’s a Democrat. This is what happens when we vote Democrats into office. And Obama, far left “Democrat” that he is – has been an unmitigated disaster on foreign policy and our standing in the world has collapsed as a result. Remember, how the whole world was supposed to love us now that the supposedly hated Bush was gone? The dirty little secret is – Bush may have been hated (by our enemies) but he was respected. It is better to have a leader who is hated by respected that one who is loved, but disrespected. Obama, of course, is neither loved or respected.
WHD’s Keith Koffler recently asked, Does Obama Have Any Foreign Policy Successes?
President Obama hired a Secretary of State who had no relevant experience for the job because he wanted to avoid criticism from her – or even a 2012 challenge – and because he read in a book that Lincoln surrounded himself with rivals.
Then he hired someone who was qualified but who thinks global warming is a bigger threat than terrorists with airplanes or Mullahs with nuclear weapons.
Via CNS News: Governors to Obama: ‘Don’t Cut the National Guard':
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, says he and other governors of both parties have a message for President Obama when they meet with him on Monday: “Don’t cut the National Guard.”
“I’m co-chair of the governor’s advisory council to the Pentagon and Homeland Security, and the message from all the governors of both parties is, don’t cut the National Guard,” Branstad told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday.
“We know there’s going to be reductions in the Army — there’s been a big buildup in the Army since 9-11, and now the Army is recommending major reductions in the National Guard instead of the regular Army, and we think that’s a big mistake. That’s the message that I’m going to bring to the president if I get an opportunity to ask a question.”
Obama’s dismissive response, according to a WH reporter who just asked Jay Carney about it: “You asked for cuts, now you’re getting them.”
Unbelievable…I’m looking for corroboration on that.
Yep, here it is:
Via The State:
Gov. Nikki Haley talked about proposed National Guard cuts, legalizing marijuana in South Carolina and the future of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after a governors’ meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday.
On Sunday, Haley sat next to First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House dinner. The next day, she was among four Republican state CEOs speaking at news conference. Here are some highlights of what she said:
• On proposed National Guard cuts: “He basically said, ‘Many people in the room has asked for cuts. Now you’re getting them.’ … You’re now going to punish all these people who want deficit reduction by cutting the National Guard? It’s just not a logical way to do things.”
Haley said the President’s tone changed with all governors when talking about proposed Guard cuts. “It automatically went into an almost aggressive nature by him implying that, ‘Many of you wanted cuts that’s what you said you wanted. Don’t start coming in and now complaining that these cuts are affecting you because you said you wanted it and now you’re going to get it and you have to live with it. And if somebody questions it, I’m going to have to say something about it.’ “