ISIS is expanding. National security has never been more important. So as leader of the free world, what would be your priority?
Why, cutting troops, of course. By 40,000. Duh.
This will affect all posts, foreign and domestic.
According to USA Today, President Obama said Monday he and military leaders had not discussed sending additional troops to Iraq to fight the Islamic State.
There are about 3,500 troops in Iraq.
“This will not be quick — this is a long-term campaign,” Obama said at the Pentagon after meeting top military brass in the wake of setbacks that have prompted critics to call for a more robust U.S. response against the Islamic State.
An additional 17,000 Army civilian employees would be laid off under the plan officials intend to announce this week. Under the plan, the Army would have 450,000 soldiers by Sept. 30, 2017, the end of the 2017 budget year. The reduction in troops and civilians is due to budget constraints, the document says.
The Pentagon’s budget, released in February, envisioned the reduction to 450,000 would occur by Sept. 30, 2018. Some of the cuts were expected. During the peak of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army swelled to about 570,000 soldiers to ensure that deployments could be limited to one year. After most troops came home from those wars, the Army planned to shrink.
The Army should bottom out at 450,000 soldiers, said Michael O’Hanlon, a military analyst at the Brookings Institution.
Cutting “more would make me quite nervous,” he said.
The Army declined to comment on the proposed reductions in its forces.
If the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, set to begin in October, take place the Army would have to slash another 30,000 soldiers, according to the document. At that level, the Army would not be able to meet its current deployments and respond to demands for troops in other regions.
Like, hello, Obama, what the actual hell do you think is going to happen by reducing troops? THIS IS THE LAST PLACE YOU SHOULD MAKE CUTS! America is already viewed as a total pansy nation since you took the reins, and the fact that you refuse to provide us with adequate defense is outright TREASON. Shame on you, Obama. 2016 cannot come fast enough.
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Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org
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