PUTTING THE COUNTRY AND THE TROOPS...LAST
I mentioned this issue previously only in context of Dr. Barnett's post yesterday on the Pentagon proposal to slash manpower in order to retain all the big-ticket weapons systems
. After mulling it over, I feel compelled to reiterate some unpleasant observations I had to make in the comment section earlier tonight.
I am deeply, deeply, troubled by the Pentagon move to cut troops in the midst of a manpower crisis during a war in order to protect the postretirement golden parachutes of the Chairborne Division of the Career Desk Cavalry at the Pentagon. This is the sort of in the bones corruption that loses wars and brings down republics. I'm a real conservative guy, a longtime hawk and a frequent defender of the DoD and IC from leftist criticism - but I'm completely aghast.
If this monstrosity goes through, Rumsfeld may as well quit and go home because force transformation will be dead. We'll have an Army and Air Force capable of fighting the Warsaw Pact.
But not anybody else.