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  • Could America Prevent the Next Attack If Defense Is Cut - Again?

    “The Department of Defense is not what’s causing the debt and the deficit. It’s the entitlement programs,” says former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in an interview with Human Events.

    Rumsfeld goes on to say that if the U.S. makes the mistake of cutting defense, the country will be facing another attack and the country’s intelligence will be weakened.

    This is nothing new—Rumsfeld joins the ranks of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, current Secretary Leon Panetta, and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, who have all sounded the alarm of real and dangerous consequences that the nation would face with further defense cuts. If all of these senior government officials are on the same page, why is defense still on the chopping block?

    President Obama already proposed $400 billion in cuts from the defense budget. On top of that, the recently enacted Budget Control Act seeks to cut another $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years if the Joint Select Committee can’t agree on a plan to reduce the budget deficit. Failure to achieve the needed savings would automatically trigger defense spending cuts with “devastating effects” for national defense, as Panetta has argued.

    These cuts would drastically cut what the military will be able to do in the future. For instance, if the Joint Select Committee fails to reach an agreement, “the number of Army battalions will go from 100 to about 60 battalions. The number of Navy ships will go from 288 to 238—a reduction of two Aircraft Carrier Battle groups. The Air Force would lose more than 400 fighter jets and about 34 strategic bombers.”

    Taking resources from the military is not the right step forward in fixing federal debt and cutting spending or preserving American prosperity and security.

    An excellent guide on how to fix America’s entitlement programs to make them effective and affordable—while balancing the budget over the next 10 years without raising taxes—is Saving the American Dream: Heritage’s Plan to Fix the Debt, Cut Spending, and Restore Prosperity.

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    6 Responses to Could America Prevent the Next Attack If Defense Is Cut - Again?

    1. Dennis says:

      This article seems to be designed to promote fear. This doesn't seem to be a normal way of writing at this site, so I am wondering – why now?

      • jweb says:

        Good call Dennis, but then again, what's the point of the DHS, TSA, the War of Terror? Remember how Mr. Janet was telling us terrorist were going to do an EMP bomb soon? Yet, Earth just missed a massive electro-magnetic solar flare that would have shut down our power. Since when did Al-qaeda take over the sun? Search Al-qaeda are Libyan rebels. Why is NATO supporting them? Is genocide now good democracy, and war is peace? American imperialism must stop before it implodes.

    2. jweb says:

      Prevent the next attack…I'm not sorry to type this my most excellent countrymen, but I have a very difficult time believing, from complusive liars, that Muslims, living in caves, out-smarted the FBI, CIA, NSA, Mossad, and MI6 without any assistance.

    3. America went through severe defense cuts during the Wilson, Roosevelt, Carter, Clinton and now the Obama Administrations. What do all these presidents have in common? They're all liberal democrats who didn't even like how the military does things. What goes around comes around.

    4. Ron says:

      I am truly fed up with being called the cause of the debt and the deficit. I paid into SS all my working life and now because I receive a small portion of what I was promised, I'm the cause of all America's problems.

      Hogwash, Washington nut jobs stole the money and gave it to our enemies.

    5. Ken says:

      Those of you who have posted above who managed to stay on subject seem to have missed the point. Military strength deters attack by others. All during the cold war, we kept the peace by being so strong that if anyone was to attack us, we could retaliate in a way that they would find unnacceptable. This only worked because we had the strength, and resolve to use it, and potential enemies knew it.

      If the article is seen as somehow engendering fear, then so be it. Fear can be a great motivator. When fear strikes, you have a choice between fight or flight. Unfortunately, flight gets you nowhere. Dennis sounds like one of those peaceniks who believes that if we throw down our weapons, the enemy will see what nice guys we are and throw theirs down as well. That's just wrong!

      Defense is the one area that our founders enumerated in the Constitution as a federal responsiblity. The government must economize, but NOT in the arena of defense.

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