There is no reason in today's word to have the Marines. At the moment you have the airforce, navy, army and marines, all with their own administrative systems for the most part. You could save tons of money by dumping the marines and letting the army do their job instead. The Brits did it long ago for example. It saved a ton of money.
Like it or not, the US military could use a good old fashion cost benefit analysis with no strings attached. The problem is often there are historical reasons or "feelings" when it comes to various military units.. no we cant dissolve that unit.. it goes back to the civil war or revolutionary war bla bla .. Well do you really want to keep military units in service because of that or cut the waste?
The military of the United States is used as a political tool by both parties in the way that, if funding were cut to the military, or units disbanded or cut back, that party would be charged with weakening the defences of the United States and it would be a good bullet for the opposing party come election time...
There are many military bases in the US and abroad that are not really needed but are kept alive for political reasons. The same goes for weapons systems and even units... I mean lets say they find out the 101st Airborne needs to be cut.. ya think that would happen any time soon with its history behind it? And that is often the problem. Look at the last time they wanted to close bases.. what a political mudball that was.
But that does not change the fact that the US military is bloated as hell with 1.5 million men and women and only 200ishk of those involved in combat... You aint telling me that it takes 1.2 million troops to defend the US against Canada and Mexico?
(if you really believe that I've got a Bridge to Nowhere *cough* another infrastructure-related economic opportunity to sell you)
One of you will end up here next!
But not to deflect the debate. Was just rolling my eyes at the politicians who manage to continually propel us into debt all while proclaiming how they're doing such great things for the economy. It's great that they want to trim the defense budget, but it's kind of meaningless when they're simultaneously spending massive amounts on crap like high speed trains.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville