Chuck Hagel starring in a Barack Obama Production of “The Useful Idiot”.

We have been down this road before, Democratic cuts to Defense infrastructure and staffing always, always, results in panic when we ended up faced with challenges that demanded expansion of our military capabilities: Carter, Clinton and now President Obama. In the good old days it was called the ‘Peace Dividend’, even when there was no real peace in sight. I t always costs more in the long run to re-establish infrastructure than it does to maintain it in the first place; it’s why we change the oil in our cars.

This time however it’s insidious. This time the cuts, at least partially, are aimed at the men and women who serve. This aspect alone defies logic. If you need to be leaner and meaner the quality of the individuals must be counted upon to bridge some of that gap. It that case common sense demands increasing compensation and benefits to attract those folks who can bridge the gap. But I digress.

The overwhelming strategic imperative of recent Defense policy was the ability to engage in two conflicts simultaneously. One of the underpinnings of this imperative was that we could not become so mired in one conflict that we were left naked to all other potential threats. That idea is being thrown overboard as is national security and the ability to prevent conflict by way of the projection of power. The Russians and Chinese are no doubt thrilled, as is the entire Jihadi community. Allies, however, are wondering if they should cuddle up to those forces as they are incapable of protecting themselves. Should they decide to, in fact, cuddle up, in hopes that the alligator will eat them last U.S. military reach will be reduced geometrically. U.S. military power has made Europe safe for Social Democracy and there is no indication that Europe will up their military game.

Were we to have first heard the strategic plan that the budget cuts were intended to address, were reallocation of resources or alterations in spending priorities consistent with and complimentary to a strategic plan we could engage in a thoughtful critique inclusive of the benefit of the doubt. We heard none of that. This was not a Pentagon initiative. This was the President’s West Wing security advisors who want the money for domestic programs and simply do not accept the fact that budgets should follow strategic initiatives and serious threat assessment. This is a budget that represents the President’s fundamental distrust of the military infrastructure. This is a proposal that operates from the premise that domestic entitlements must overwhelm national security.

Are there cuts that can and should be made? Yes! But the cuts announced today are in the view of an isolated West Wing, low hanging fruit. We’ll have to check the details but I’ll take a bet from all comers that the ‘climate change’ money that DOD spends is still there. I’ll take on all comers that the ‘green initiative’ money is still there.

Kill off one of my favorite planes the A-10 Warthog, it’s hurtful but I understand that a tank killer is not a high priority in today’s world. But what are you doing with the money? Where is it going? Is there an asymmetric threat strategy that will be supported instead?

After over 10 years of war, thousands of dead, thousands more critically wounded, uncounted scars obvious and hidden and the message from this administration is that they are overpaid??? That they’re not worth the money??? That they should pay for the poor management of the process by the administration that they should pay for the sycophants in the West Wing???

By way of this effort the administration clearly defines itself as criminally negligent! It is difficult to come to any other opinion.

  • Bob

    The article below expresses the thought that the administration purposely brought Secretary Hagel on board last January for this specific job. As the article says “Who better than a Republican to make the cuts and a war hero to boot.”

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/02/one-year-ago-hagel-nominated-to-supervise-generation-long-process-of-defense-cutbacks/

    My second thought is I’m curious what Sen. Paul will say to the cuts and will it affect his candidacy for President. He was vocal about bringing troops home from non-combat (European) bases.

  • Landreaux

    Bob,

    My post was written in a bit of a fit and did not attempt to cover the alternatives. There are, in my opinion, dozens of rational cuts and reallocations that could be executed that would not impact the individuals at the tip of the spear. There is no question in my mind that this is a message from the Obama Administration to the military and, if we’re paying attention, to us all. I’M WAITING FOR SENIOR OFFICERS TO RESIGN IN PROTEST!!!!!! WHERE ARE THE HEROS WE’VE DEPENDED ON????

    • Bob

      Landreaux:

      I didn’t for a moment think that your post was intended to be all inclusive as far as alternatives.I always thought yours and Nate’s post provide a starting point for our discussions.

      I wouldn’t put to much hope on a mass resignation however. Unless the mindset of the career people has changed since I was in.

  • Bob

    As I said above your post give a pause for further thought.

    Vice President Dick Cheney came out against the cuts yesterday saying something to the effect “The President would rather have it go for food stamps than to members of our military and protecting our country.” While I believe we both know where he was coming from with this statement it will be twisted by the left to “DUH? Yeah the President is concerned with the hungry and unfortunate in our country.” Of course his comment will go over big with the military but it will be played over and over and come back and bite the republicans on the rump.

    Then again image is important so the President has to provide some kind of relief for those millions of people losing their jobs due to Obamacare.

  • Bill Hedges

    Landreaux wrote:

    “There is no question in my mind that this is a message from the Obama Administration to the military and, if we’re paying attention, to us all. I’M WAITING FOR SENIOR OFFICERS TO RESIGN IN PROTEST!!!!!! WHERE ARE THE HEROS WE’VE DEPENDED ON????

    I COULD SEE Chuck Hagel RESIGN. He works for the buma administration AT THIS TIME.

    Our military leaders “PROTEST!!!!!!” ??? Why MOT expect a coup d’état ??? After WW I discharged service personnel camped out by WH demanding their promised bonus. Captain McCarthy was ordered to BREAK IT UP & he followed his orders along with military force under his command & disrupted the TENT CITY.

    “SENIOR OFFICERS TO RESIGN” ??? I expect THEM to STICK TO THEIR JOB & leave POLITICS to the POLITICIANS. HISTORIC American Arm Forces duty.

    “Barney Frank, Ron Paul: Cut Military Spending”

    “Tea Party favorite Ron Paul and liberal Democrat Barney Frank both want to slash the U.S. military’s big budget. They join us, together.”

    “They agree on one big thing. America’s giant military budget must be cut, in a giant way: a trillion-dollar cut over the next decade”

    http://onpoint.wbur.org/2010/07/14/barney-frank-and-ron-paul-cut-military-spending

    Finally buma LOOKS TO CUT SPENDING & our side puts up ROADBLOCKS ???!!!??? Understand he also wants NO more cost of living raises for social security retirees. WHAT A POLITICAL bonanza for THEIR SIDE. We are against cuts in spending that THEY propose. Better to SIT BACK & let them proceed. Let VOTERS decide the validity of doing though a risky proposition as “Tea Party favorite Ron Paul” concurs with buma…

    • Bob

      William:

      I’m not sure who Capt. McCarthy is BUT Gen. McArthur was the one ordered to break up the Bonus War Veterans camp.He was Army Chief Of Staff at the time.

      Also Rep. Barney Frank retired from Congress last year. Update your links.

      • Bill Hedges

        bob wrote:

        “I’m not sure who Capt. McCarthy is BUT Gen. McArthur was the one ordered to break up the Bonus War Veterans camp.He was Army Chief Of Staff at the time.”

        “Also Rep. Barney Frank retired from Congress last year. Update your links”

        I am a poor SPELLER but noticed a FEW words in your comments with misspelled words. I notice AT TIMES but felt that was inconsequential and FORGOT ABOUT IT. IS A NAME & YOU DID KNOW. You noted that BUT did NOT address the meat of my comments. ((( VERY TELLING ))). YOU RATHER GO FOR THE ((( rub in the sand ))). Does anybody have the listening EARS ON ???

        I used 3 links I believe concerning Ron Paul of differing dates. One being 24 Feb 2014. FOR military cuts, he has A LONG TERM THEME (was point I was making) differing FROM YOUR written STANCE.

        Since YOU DID NOT respond to my differing points with you on this subject, but simple criticized minor factual infractions, perhaps you can take note of RON PAUL’S BELIEF on this subject & justify that you know better than Ron Paul.

        “Tea Party favorite Ron Paul” isn’t a liberal IS HE or out of favor NOW ??? Tea notables seem to FALL OUT OF FAVOR AT TIMES on this site. Things get TESTY as popularity of TEA drops ???

        bob complained of me answering comments of bob addressed to others. Obviously DOESN’T APPLY to bob. I CONSIDER comments open to all who wish to comment on…

  • Bill Hedges

    “Ron Paul: Don’t Just Cut Troops, ‘Downsize’ US Foreign Policy”

    24 Feb 2014

    http://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/ron-paul-military-cuts-budget/2014/02/24/id/554467

    “Cutting Military Spending Does Not Mean Cutting Defense”

    By Ron Paul November 18, 2011

    http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/are-cuts-to-the-defense-budget-necessary/cutting-military-spending-does-not-mean-cutting-defense-cut-military-spending-to-strengthen-us

  • Bill Hedges

    Bob February 28, 2014 at 11:18 am

    “William”:

    “I’m not sure who Capt. McCarthy is BUT Gen. McArthur was the one ordered to break up the Bonus War Veterans camp.He was Army Chief Of Staff at the time.”

    Correction bob:

    IT’S Gen. MacArthur

    “Douglas MacArthur biography”

    http://www.biography.com/people/douglas-macarthur-9390257

    THOSE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES…