The Incredible Shrinking Army: A Problem?
Posted at 7:12 a.m. on March 3, 2014
The Wall Street Journal Editorial Page questions why the Obama administration is “rolling in dough when it comes to entitlements” but cites “fiscal challenges” as its reason for shrinking the defense budget.
“It is hubris and bad policy to assume the U.S. will never again fight another lengthy, manpower-intensive war that begins abruptly and requires a swift response—think of Korea or Kuwait. Critics of Iraq often claim it was a ‘war of choice,’ but the reality of these cuts is that it will leave the next Commander in Chief with far fewer choices to deter aggression or respond to a threat.”
“The steep reduction in manpower and equipment is an invitation to unexpected aggression … The purpose of fielding a large Army is to minimize the temptations for aggression.”