Awaken, "brain"We can have more money, resources, assets, to use
in your "war with Islamic extremists" after we close down unneeded
European bases. Bases full of tanks not needed in Afghanistan. Ports full of
ships and sailors not needed in Afghanistan. Airfields not needed in
Afghanistan. Military guys who spit shine their shoes, demobe and send them
where more needed. The military waste in Europe needs to stop, in one
budget cycle, not in 20 years after 20 studies. The industrial waste from
making military stuff needs a haircut. When and if we need to deploy in Europe,
they can give us bases and ports. I detect your brain hasn't noticed
the recent "war with Islamic extremists" has used a war room in Florida,
guided munitions and now drones from ships in the region (not from Europe), and
some fly-overs from bases in the region(that's not Europe).My point
still is, this kind of wasteful spending must be stopped. The nation, and our
military, doesn't need to be the world's policman with such a handicap
as such waste gives us.
@ dave4197; If a diplomat cannot talk from a position of power, what does he
have to negotiate with? It's the power of the US military that allows our
diplomats to 'walk softly and carry a big stick!'
@ dave4197 - Apparently you are one of the foolish people who
believes that we are not at war with Islamic extremists.You may not
consider America is at war with them, but it's waaaay obvious they consider
themselves at war with America.However, even in "peace", I
will share this:"In times of peace, prepare for war."You're welcome.
This is a good result from sequestration. We should further reduce
defense related spending until we can afford our wants. Let's close and
demobilize our European bases in one budget cycle, after all WWII ended around
my birthday, and the cold war effectively ended in the mid 80's when Reagan
spoke out against the Berlin Wall and regular people tore down that wall. We
have no further use for our defense related spending in European bases, let the
Europeans pay for those bases, and let us the US use their bases as needed for
military practices or for the real thing if that ever happens again. For the
present, without any clear or present danger, let's leave those European
military bases to our friends in Europe, and stop that spending by us.The
military industrial complex needs to be shaken down, it's overdue by about
my age, we can and should recognize the extreme waste of maintaining a war
machine with zero clear and present danger from former enemies. Instead we need
to ramp up dialogue and diplomacy between us, our friends, and our new enemies.
Diplomats are cheap compared with soldiers.
It's really ok with me to see the federal government cutting costs.
And who do we have to thank for that, DN Sub?Yup. Our
Congresscritters. All of them. But most especially those who cry, "Cut
spending! Cut spending! Cut spending!" and then slop on even more pork at
Meanwhile, "disability" entitlement roles continue to grow, illegal
aliens continue to get welfare, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and studies of
snail sex lives and "public funding" or presidential campaigns continue
unabated.One could argue that flight demonstration team shows are
good places to cut, but fighter pilot proficiency very quickly decays, and the
difference from a lack of proficiency training flights will be measured in
lives, and multi-million dollar aircraft lost if war breaks out. And, chances
of ware breaking out escalate if our adversaries think us less prepared and
weak. Do the madmen running North Korea or Iran this this might be a good time
to take on the "great satan"?