Lawmakers Warn Slashing Missile Defense Leaves U.S. Vulnerable - First 100 Days of Presidency - Politics FOXNews.comDefense Secretary Robert Gates' call to cut back on missile defense programs is running into resistance from lawmakers and others who say the U.S. will be left vulnerable in the face of North Korea and Iran's advancing efforts to develop long-range rockets.
Gates called for $1.4 billion in cuts to missile defense as part of a budget plan he says will "reshape the priorities" of the Pentagon and "rebalance this department's programs in order to institutionalize and finance our capabilities to fight the wars we are in today and the scenarios we are most likely to face in the years ahead."
I watched Robert Gates' speech today and I have to say I agree with him. He wasn't talking about destroying our missile defense program, instead he was saying that we need to re-focus our efforts from mid-course interception to boost phase interception because of the evolving threat which makes mid-course interception very difficult.
He also said that we need to shift priorities in from our current strategy of worrying about the next war to that of winning the wars we're already in right now. We need to win the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as quickly as possible. Our troop commitments in those regions are a vulnerability in and of themselves.
Cutting wasteful spending is important to maintaining a lean, mean military. It's important to note that these cuts in spending didn't come from Democrats in the Congress but from within the Pentagon and Defense Department. I think the boys in the Pentagon know a little bit more about what our priorities should be than the boys in Congress. But let's face it, they don't care about having an effective military nearly as much as they do about "creating jobs."