The Obama administration’s unwillingness to cut spending is obvious; however, scaling back the military has repeatedly been the one notable exception. Though the armed forces are one of few responsibilities the federal government is constitutionally given, today’s leftists are far more concerned about any number of entitlement programs than providing for the safety of our nation.
In a recent announcement by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command leader Gen. Robert Cone, even more personnel cuts in his branch are on the way. Those disappearing positions, he explained, will be offset by robot combatants.
Throughout the next few years, he noted the Army’s brigade combat team will likely lose one-quarter of its number – from 4,000 soldiers to just 3,000. Overall, he expects to lose about 50,000 soldiers by next year and another 70,000 by 2019.
“I’ve got clear guidance to think about what if you could robotically perform some of the tasks in terms of maneuverability,” Cone noted, “in terms of the future of the force.”
While he framed the announcement in the context of embracing technological advancements, many believe the true motive lies in the reduction of military expenditures.
Cone touted the benefits of a “smaller, more lethal” Army, explaining that an emphasis on “force protection” has led to a reduction in soldier lethality. He insinuated that 3,000 soldiers “is probably enough probably to get by” in the new, robot-assisted brigade team.
He pointed at the Navy’s implementation of technology to suggest that there are “functions in the brigade that we could automate,” making it clear that there is a need to “lower the number of people that are involved given the fact that people are our major cost.”
Today’s leaders apparently see the cost of supporting and equipping American troops as an expense we cannot bear. Meanwhile, a full 20 percent of American families currently receive food stamps, the number of which has spiked by more than 50 percent since Obama took office.
The rampant fraud and abuse of the welfare state, whether by illegal immigrants or Americans looking for a handout, is never discussed by today’s leftists as a source of spending cuts. Instead, the brave men and women in our military are having the numbers in their ranks slashed and replaced by largely unproven machines.
–B. Christopher Agee
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