Newsletter commentary – 25 February 2014:
Today it has been reported that our president has instructed the Pentagon for a complete troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. Afghanistan will go the way of Iraq in short order in my opinion. So much blood and treasure spent with nothing to show for it. Once again politics rule the day, after all there is an important election coming in November.
Also the past couple of days we have seen massive troop cuts proposed for our military to pre-WWII levels. And scrapping the A-10 Warthog which has been an excellent ground support aircraft with nothing to replace it. But the extremely costly F-35 program will continue, and all of these proposals with the blessing of the Joint Chiefs and SECDEF Hagel. All on the backs of our brave warriors that have served this nation well.
Look for the next major cuts in VA. After all, the wars are coming to an end and who needs veterans or our military – until the next threat surfaces…
But for all of those jumping up and down rejoicing on how they can divide the defense savings for their ever-expanding social programs, when the next war comes and it will, it might well require a draft to get the boots on the ground IF TIME PERMITS!
His transformation of America is right on schedule. – Roger Young, Vietnam veteran and newsletter co-editor
Obama asks Pentagon for complete Afghanistan withdrawal plan, speaks with Karzai – FoxNews – 25 Feb 14
Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Afghanistan – DoD – 25 Feb 14
Hagel to call for shrinking Army to pre-WWII size – FoxNews – 24 Feb 14
Hagel: Ground forces can fight in one theater, support air, sea forces in another – ArmyTimes – 24 Feb 14