Letter: Finances, not military cuts are threatening our nation


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Posted Online: Feb. 14, 2013, 2:53 pm
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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said that if automatic budget cuts go into effect, this could make the United States a "second-rate" power. This is nothing but scare tactics on his part.

We have by far the most expensive, high-tech, sophisticated military in the world and that's not going to change any time soon.

There is also a tremendous amount of waste and duplication in the military. Do we really need 800 military bases in almost every country around the world, many of them going all the way back to World War II? This is billions of dollars being spent and most people have no idea where it goes.

So where has this very expensive and high-tech military got us? Arguably, we have not really won a war since World War II. Sure, we have fought wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and now, Afghanistan. We have lost thousands of lives and spent billions of dollars and ended up with a gracious withdrawal; no real victory.

In the last 10 years, we have fought an enemy who uses home-made bombs and weapons dating back to World War II and our high-tech, expensive military really hasn't won. They, the enemy, is just waiting for us to leave.

A strong defense is necessary in today's world. But we can no longer afford to be the policeman for the whole world. If we don't get our fiscal house in order, we will indeed become a second-rate nation, but not because of our military.

Ron Kopko,
Cordova

















 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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