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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    And we know who to blame for this.
    Why does anyone need to be blamed? It's not a problem. With a "defence" budget 6 times the nearest competitor, I think we can defend ourselves just fine. Now then if your looking for more aggression, imperialism and interference in sovereign countries who's only threat might be to international corporations bottom line, then yeah, you may have trouble, but very little.
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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    It is shameful that our military, especially enlisted ranks are paid what they are paid today...
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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Cut the military to a defensive force, not a menacing force, and the personnel can be paid well.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Cut the military to a defensive force, not a menacing force, and the personnel can be paid well.
    I read before that even with the wars, America's largest military role was aid around the world....Are you advocating doing away with that as well?
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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    If cutting this to the military is what is necessary to maintain the welfare state, then we need to reconsider or priorities, or the veterans/military should decide not to defend such a state.
    To be perfectly honest we should not have the military size that we do. In fact the only time that we are suppose to have a standing army is during times of war. The only exception being the Navy, and due to the tie in the air force. So, lets get out of the pointless wars we are currently in and let our service members go home. If we kept our noses out of other countries affairs then we wouldn't need to spend at the least 6 times the amount on military expidentures than any other country in the entire world. We also would not have near as many service members needing medical attention for the rest of their lives via physical injuries and PTSD.

    wiki ~ List of countries by military expenditures
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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    I read before that even with the wars, America's largest military role was aid around the world....Are you advocating doing away with that as well?
    Don't know about him...but for me....Yes. In fact until we get our own country in order that would be a HELL YES. There's an old saying. You cannot help others out of the gutter unless you can help yourself first. If you can't then you will just get dragged into the gutter also.
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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    So long as we stop rendering unpaid-for aid around the world, this is a good move. We can defend ourselves for less money and with less troops. However, we can't deliver food to starving countries, or render aid for catastrophic events like earthquakes and tsunamis.

    The world is on its own. Fine.

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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    I read before that even with the wars, America's largest military role was aid around the world....Are you advocating doing away with that as well?
    Aid is just another word for control, so yes, most of it. Besides, we're 17 trillion dollars in debt and borrowing money to give to foreigners and charging our grandchildren to pay for it.
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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    So long as we stop rendering unpaid-for aid around the world, this is a good move. We can defend ourselves for less money and with less troops. However, we can't deliver food to starving countries, or render aid for catastrophic events like earthquakes and tsunamis.

    The world is on its own. Fine.
    I don't think anybody would be against disaster relief, but that's a minimal amount of the "aid" (read, bribe money) that the US provides.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Pentegon set to release new cuts to Active Duty

    We should re-prioritize, so that less of that funding goes to massive defense contractors, and more goes to existing troops. I support expanding the military at the "grunt" level, if only as a form of jobs program.

    Presently, we're dumping money into advance carrier, submarine, and jet fighter designs, when the last generation or two of high-tech weaponry has barely been used. We could update\replace them for a fraction of the cost, and still be dominant, but there's less money to be made this way.

    Keeping an edge is important, but we've taken it way too far.

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