In the same week that the Russian Army lines up a 150,000 man mechanized army on the borders of Ukraine and stages a bloodless invasion of Crimea, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announces intent to scrap all of the U.S. A-10 aircraft and other units whose purpose is to combat mechanized armies. Hagel says that such units are no longer needed. Really?

I wonder if this is what Mr. Obama meant when he promised Mr. Putin that “ I will have more flexibility in my second term.”

Or is this just a rewind of 1938?

Thomas W. Brown