View Poll Results: Do you support reducing the military to pre-WWII levels?

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    Re: Do you support reducing the US military to pre-WWII levels?

    Didn't Clinton reduce our military shortly before, and didn't we scramble for enough troops right after 9/11? Of course our experts will correct me if I am wrong.

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    Re: Do you support reducing the US military to pre-WWII levels?

    yes. then we should rehire those same patriots to rebuild America instead of sending them into harm's way.

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    Re: Do you support reducing the US military to pre-WWII levels?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Do you support reducing the military to pre-WWII levels?

    Yes
    Sort of, it needs to shrink but not that small.
    No,it should stay the same
    No, it should be increased
    Not sure
    don't care


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    Call me racist but our troops should be home guarding the borders!!

    America having all of the bases around the world protecting other countries,
    most of whom can't stand us,at her expense should be ended ASAP!!

    Also the nation building needs to go as well !!!

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    Re: Do you support reducing the US military to pre-WWII levels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    People seem to think that if we're not at war we can just disband the military.
    Maybe if we didn't have such a ridiculously large military, we wouldn't get into so many pointless and meaningless wars.
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    Re: Do you support reducing the US military to pre-WWII levels?

    Yes, except I would keep up R&D and low volume production on high tech weapon systems AND I would also want VERY large reserves.

    A tiny (by today's standards), extremely well equipped, full time military backed by a huge, extremely well trained, reserve force.

    I do not see why this could not be achieved on even 1/2 of today's total U.S. military budget...if not less.

    Of course, this would include bringing EVERY U.S. military individual home and closing every foreign military base while ending ALL military aid to every country.
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    Re: Do you support reducing the US military to pre-WWII levels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Maybe if we didn't have such a ridiculously large military, we wouldn't get into so many pointless and meaningless wars.
    Our military does more than 'fight people' - though, as of late, we haven't had a centralized 'focus'

    That's always the problem with targeting an issue that's almost global in scope with no specific goal or concept in mind as for 'what are we going to achieve and how are we going to achieve it'

    Right now our goal is to: combat terrorism . . . with leaders and members who can't agree on much of anything and don't seem to care.
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    Re: Do you support reducing the US military to pre-WWII levels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Maybe if we didn't have such a ridiculously large military, we wouldn't get into so many pointless and meaningless wars.
    The choice was really two things post WWII. Either the U.S. keeps a sizable military and intervenes on the worlds behalf in regional fights that we really have no business getting involved in, in an attempt to avoid another World War, or we do the opposite and simply draft and fight during the next world war if we are drawn into it. What has occurred is we kept a sizable and arguably oversized military but then misused that power. We really didn't need to get involved in Vietnam and other regional conflicts such as Iraq. Yet, the proper use of the military was with Schwartzkof which was decimate your enemy and get out. We should have done that in Iraq and Afghanistan - our military is not meant to build schools but meant to kill the enemy and come home. We decided that wasn't enough and that was a mistake. We got involved when we didn't need to. So now, since we cannot handle the power we wield and the rest of the world resents us for using that power - they do not deserve the protection of it. So, I'm in favor of bringing the military down to a defensive power only. Let China and Russia or whomever to fill the vacuum and see how that goes. My guess is not well.
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    Re: Do you support reducing the US military to pre-WWII levels?

    Pre-WWII we did not have to aid the reconstruction of Europe, fight Communism and deter Russia, nor did we have as many military treaties around the world which requires us to place bases and strategic outposts. We did not have as much responsibility to our allies as we do not (i.e. NATO, NORAD, etc.)

    We should reduce our military enough to still maintain deterrence. The problem is that our military is currently being used for empire building, so it is serving as much more than a deterrent, and a time when our economy is already under threat. People would not be questioning its deployment and its necessity if it were being used responsibly by our government.

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    Re: Do you support reducing the US military to pre-WWII levels?

    As long as we reduce our involvement in anything and everything all over the world correspondingly, then yes, I support it.
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    Re: Do you support reducing the US military to pre-WWII levels?

    I support the reduction, however, there is a but in that statement that I will explain. Downsizing the military during a period where our country is not involved in a conflict is just smart. But we have to do it smartly as well. We need to maintain a level of proficiency by retaining expirienced personnel while continuing to increase our capability. IMO the clearest road is to reduce the Army substantially.. The Navy needs to be maintained to project power and the Air Force needs to downsize in both Airframes and manning. I can only speak from the Air Force perspective because that is the branch I am employed. Many of the higher ups want to maintain the amount of A/C we have while cutting the number of personnel to support those A/C. Which is the biggest mistake we could possibly make if we are going to agree we need to cut the Air Force. What needs to happen is that we need to drastically reduce the number of A/C. If we do this, we can decrease the manning numbers. We can not simply cut people out of the AF and maintain the same number of A/C. My opinion, for what it is worth, would be to bring the F-22 back into production, produce 3-1 or 4-1 maybe even 5-1 and replace the F-15 and F-16... Keep the A-10 and ditch the F-35... That would be the solution to the problem IMO.
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