Question: Was Pelosi wrong when she suggested that we should freeze defense spending when our nation is at war?
The following article reveals the answer to this question-You Decide:
Pelosi Wrong On Defense Spending–Posted on The Heritage Foundation-On January 28, 2010:
These are the pertinent excerpts from this article:
“POLITCO reported yesterday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to freeze defense spending too. “Everybody has to make a sacrifice,” the San Francisco Democrat said in an interview conducted as part of POLITICO’s “Inside Obama’s Washington” video series. “If you’re asking everybody else in the country who has an interaction with the federal government – and that means our states and cities and all the rest, too – to cut back, then I think we have to subject every federal dollar to the very harshest scrutiny.”
If the speaker were really concerned about fiscal responsibility, a dubious assumption, that might make sense except for a few points.
First, defense is not just another thing government funds. It is the first obligation of government cited in the Constitution. It is Washington’s job to “provide for the common defense.”
Second, we are a nation at war. Thus, the speaker would arbitrarily freeze defense spending even if that means our men and women would be denied the resources they need to make the nation safe and come back alive.
Third, the President is already cutting the core defense budget. That started with the FY2010 budget….and even if nothing is done Obama’s cuts to defense will grow in the out years.
The Congressional Budget Office projects that the average Pentagon budget for the period covering fiscal years 2011 through 2028 will be $50 billion less in real dollars than its current estimate for this fiscal year. Obama is already cutting the defense budget, both in real dollar terms and as a percent of the economy. A freeze would mean a double cut for defense.
Where did madam speaker learn her math?
The Heritage Foundation has released a chart book examining the state of the U.S. military. If the speaker wants the real facts on defense spending she should look there.”
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Rep. Allen West Says Defense Cuts Would Send ‘Horrible Message’!-Posted on NewsMax.com-By Hiram Reisner-On November 24, 2011:
The State of the U.S. Military–Posted on The Heritage Foundation-By Mackenzie Eaglen (White Paper)-On January 27, 2010:
These are pertinent excerpts from this article:
“The U.S. government’s primary job is to provide for the common defense. The most important element to protecting vital national interests is the U.S. military, which reinforces America’s diplomatic initiatives, acts to deter threats, and, when necessary, fights and wins the nation’s wars.
Two primary components determine a strong military: the quality of its service-members, and the modern, technologically advanced equipment available to them.
After nearly a decade of continuous warfare—and coming off a previous decade of underinvestment in next-generation equipment and systems in the 1990s and dramatically reduced force levels—America’s military personnel remain exceptional but are stressed, experiencing reduced readiness levels and lacking diverse training. The military’s equipment is old and getting older in part because it is employed at breakneck wartime rates.
The range of potential missions facing today’s military is vast. While winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan remains a central mission, regional combatant commanders must also respond to humanitarian disasters, protect sea lines of communication and free trade, deter rogue states through a credible extended deterrence posture, and hedge against the future uncertainty that accompanies the rise of powers like China and Russia.
Regrettably, the tools required to sustain all of these efforts are in jeopardy. The collective decisions by Congress and both Democratic and Republican Presidents over the past 15 years have left the U.S. military using equipment that is extremely old and, in many cases, outdated.
While compensation for military personnel continues to rise necessarily and deservedly, defense investment in modern systems to replace the vast arsenal of the military’s high-end platforms, like ships, planes, and tanks, is falling. Not only is investment in modern equipment declining, but the military in general has been buying less for the past 15 years.
After the Cold War ended, the Clinton Administration believed an era of peace was at hand. Consequently, the President and Congress cut both the size of the military and the funding for modernization far below what was necessary to sustain American capabilities.
While President George W. Bush increased spending on the military, it was not enough to remedy the shortfalls of the 1990s, particularly with ongoing operations overseas since 2001. As a result, the military’s capital inventory has become largely outdated.
The impact of collective decisions made over the past 15 years and the operations tempo of U.S. forces abroad means that today America is in danger of losing vital core security capabilities without increased investment. This includes the potential loss of core defense capabilities such as air dominance, maritime control, space control, and projecting power to distant regions.
Mackenzie Eaglen is Research Fellow for National Security in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, at The Heritage Foundation.
The Obama Budget: Higher Taxes, Higher Spending and More Debt-Posted On The Heritage Foundation-On February 1, 2010:
Obama Sends Congress $3.8 Trillion Budget, Soaring Deficits Projected–Posted On ExposeObama-On February 1, 2010:
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