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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