By Tracy Connor and Jim Miklaszewski
Firing the opening salvo in a bloody budget battle, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recommended drastic cuts of billions of dollars that would take American military forces to its lowest level since before World War II. The cuts in military spending, forces and weapons programs address the stark reality of growing budget pressures at home while pointing to the improbability that the United States will engage in a large ground war.
JOHN A. PINKSTON’S COMMENTARY:
The announcement by the Pentagon and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has stirred up quite an uproar. It would appear that the administration intends to reduce its deficits by severely cutting back on the Pentagon budget.
Retired Gen. Jack Keane, in an interview with Fox news, indicated that these cuts go much deeper than just a reduction in Pentagon expenditures. Gen. Keane, as an authority on the defense department, voiced great concern over these cuts, indicating that the amount being cut is more than just the so-called fat; now, it is cutting to the very bone of the defense establishment.
The Army is going to be at levels in manpower as it was during the period between World War I and World War II. Gen. Keane stated that the US government can’t learn the lessons from history. After World War I, the US military was depleted so severely that, by the time World War II rolled around, the Army, Navy and Army Air Corps were still living as if the world were a safe place. It was not until the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 that the American government woke up to the fact that the US needed to build an Army, Navy and Air Corps that could defeat the Axis powers.
At the end of World War II, the US government set about to reduce the size of the military, thinking that because all of our enemies had been defeated, we were and would remain safe. But they received a wake-up call in 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea only to catch the American government asleep.
The administration and the Pentagon leadership seem to think that we are now living in a safer world and that the continued expense required to maintain a first rate military is no longer necessary. Of course, they always use the old, tired argument that “we are safe and our technology can defeat anyone.”
The Bible tells us that a foreign invasion force will ultimately destroy our nation and our way of life. (Leviticus 26:25) “And I will bring a sword upon you… and when ye are gethered together witin your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.”
In a stern warning that God gave to the ancient Israelites, we find the prophecy about this warning coming true in our time. Notice Leviticus 26:14 “But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments…” God promises that we will experience terrorism, incurable diseases and chemical warfare. God also delivers this prophecy concerning our country in verse 19 “… and I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass…” Today, we see this prophecy unfolding before our very eyes and most of our fellow countrymen are oblivious to these consequences God mentions in verse 19
The pride of our power can be broken down into three parts; the military, the political system, and the economic system. All of these represent the pride of our power and they are being systematically torn down by our own doing.
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