Here is an article that made a point that I feel is important, and will present a problem in the very near future.
When Obama Leaves Office, the Military Will Be Smaller Than It Was Prior to 9/11
Does that make sense? Is the world safer for America today than it was on Sept. 10, 2001?
When the U.S. military lacks the capacity and capabilities to protect all its vital interests, the country is worse off. It is just that simple.
As U.S. relative power declines, the Pentagon becomes increasingly unable to deal with more than one problem at a time. They know, for example, that if Washington becomes absorbed in a Middle East crisis, it will have less capacity and appetite to intervene elsewhere.
If the U.S. lacks the means to win, then an enemy’s answer is a lot easier: Just demonstrate the ability to make sure America knows wars will be messy. That will convince Washington the best course is to just back off.
As problems grow and the Pentagon loses more capacity to deal with them, decision makers in the U.S. will become increasingly risk-averse.
Adversaries will exploit America’s indecision and reluctance to engage.
Today, despite our multibillion-dollar investment, America’s military is not all that great. That was the finding of a two-year research effort by a team of analysts at The Heritage Foundation.
“The Index of U.S. Military Strength” grades the armed forces. The ranking this year? Marginal.
The Link leads to 9 very good reports if you have the time to read them.