Over the next five years the Pentagon’s budget will be cut by $78 Billion. Active duty Army and Marine troop levels will be reduced and a freeze on military spending will be a reality. The good news according to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is, after the troop reductions, the numbers of active duty Army and Marines will still be larger than four years ago: the Army by 40,000 soldiers and the Marines by 7,000-12,000. This will be good news for Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) who said today that the Afghanistan war “represents an epic failure, a national embarrassment and a moral blight.”
Secretary Gates had a plan already in the works when the Obama administration directed him to cut another $78 Billion more:
…he said the armed services had successfully carried out a directive he issued in May to squeeze $100 billion in savings over the next five years by eliminating low-priority programs, thinning command structures and reducing overhead at the Pentagon. In return, he said, the Army, Navy and Air Force will get to reallocate nearly all of that money on new weapons systems and other combat-related projects.
The five year plan works like this:
The Pentagon will see a short-term boost in its budget next year to about $554 billion, excluding the cost of fighting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. After that, however, annual spending increases will dwindle until they flatten completely in 2015 and 2016, with no extra money beyond the rate of inflation.
Gates said the $78 Billion will represent a decline in the rate of growth – “the focus here is on a reduction in the rate of growth as opposed to absolute cuts.” Gates says Congress has not had time to absorb the information, and at this time he has no real feedback from them.
In the video below you will hear Democrat Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey say that the war in Afghanistan is an epic failure, a national embarrassment and a moral blight. (My wish for Ms. Woolsey: may she turn into a chandelier – hang all day, burn all night).
Here we go. On the first day of Republican control, the Democrat House is once again attacking the troops. Don’t bother telling me this isn’t an attack on the men and women doing the fighting. Of course it is. Comments like this from lawmakers spread all over the world, it puts our troops in danger, and dampens moral. Criticize the war if you think it your duty, but don’t speak of “epic failures,” “national embarrassments,” and worse, “moral blights.” Right now, each could be said about Woolsey herself.
Rep. Lynn Woolsey: Afghanistan War
“An Epic Failure, National Embarrassment, A Moral Blight” (video)
U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant scans the area while on patrol near the village of Sigin, Afghanistan, Jan. 1, 2011. Merchant is assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment.