Time magazine wants you to believe that the mandatory cuts to defense spending that would be required in the legislation that was passed in regards to the failure of the so-called Super Committee would not be so bad. In fact they wrap their article up with this quote from another publication.
We’ll leave this last one to the folks over at Aviation Week, long a trusted and friendly journal for the military-industrial complex. This is from the editorial in the magazine’s latest issue:
Some of the hair-on-fire rhetoric of late has been unhelpful. The range of cuts being discussed is still well within the proportions of drawdowns after the ends of the Korean, Vietnam and Cold wars. Even the most drastic cuts will not end the U.S.’s superpower status.
If you merely skimmed over the article you would probably leave with a sense of relief and the belief that all those chicken hawks of the military industrial complex were just trying to scare you. You would of course also skimmed over this part from Secretary Panetta.
“Such a large cut, applied in such an indiscriminate manner, would render most of our ship and construction projects ‘unexecutable’ — you cannot buy three quarters of a ship or a building — and seriously damage our modernization efforts,” Panetta wrote the lawmakers. “We would also be forced to terminate most large procurement programs in order to accommodate modernization reductions that are likely to be required.” After 10 years of such reduced spending, he added, the U.S. military “would have the smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915 and the smallest Air Force in its history.”
Anyway back to the veterans. We know the Senate is not going to act and we know that since we are the other 1% in this country that liberals despise that we will be taking it in the shorts with increased premiums for health care, shock for a lot of you that thought we got free health care huh, reduced availibilty of said care, reductions in our retirement pay and other items that if we belonged to a union would be cause for a national boycott or something. As much as veterans know we would get shafted it will be far worse for those serving. I know since my career was long enough to span periods of war and peace. There was an old saying we lived by, and history has proven this to be true, nobody loves a warrior until the barbarians are at the gates. For many of us we realize this is the completion of a dream liberals and Democrats have had for decades, the final destruction of the only arm of the federal government which has exhibited any sort of achievement and has been the bane of their existence since they were activists during their Golden Era of the 60’s.