POLITICS AND WAR: VIEWPOINT RIGHT - Members of the U.S. Military are calling it the “Doomsday Scenario” and that is a completely accurate assessment of what is about to occur on November 23rd of this year. Unless something changes in the next two weeks that day will mark the beginning of the end of the United States military as the most powerful fighting force in the world. The end result will be putting our nation and our people in a position where we will be unable to effectively defend ourselves against those who would destroy us.
If the super committee fails to come to agreement, then the legislation provides for an automatic $1.2 trillion in cuts to be made. Approximately half of this amount will come from the defense budget. This will be in addition to some $850 billion in cuts that have already been made to the defense budget since Obama has taken office. Some of these cuts have already taken place, or are scheduled to happen over the next few years. Even Obama’s choice for Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has said that these additional cuts triggered by the super committee’s failure to act will be devastating to the military and our national security.
Exactly what will happen to our military? The strength of the Army and Marine Corps will be reduced by about 50%. The Air Force will lose two thirds of its fighters and strategic bombers, while the Navy will have to mothball a number of ships including two aircraft carrier groups. The Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force will be at the smallest they have been in many years and the Navy will be smaller than it was prior World War II.
Many military bases will be closed, both at home and abroad, and the Navy will be barely strong enough to patrol our own shores, much less make its presence felt in the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, or close to China. This is happening at exactly the same time that China is rapidly increasing its own military strength including building an increasingly strong Navy. (This is all eerily similar to the scenario I laid out in and my 2009 novel, “Amayehli: A Story of America.”)
In addition to the impact on national security, we can expect to see large increases in the unemployment rate. Over the next 10 years hundreds of thousands of members of the military will be thrown into an already dwindling job market. Thousands of civilian employees who work at soon-to-be closed military bases will also lose their jobs. The development of new weapons systems and equipment for the military will virtually cease as will the upgrading of our current equipment and weapons. This will undoubtedly put some defense contractors out of business, and at the very least cause thousands of additional people to be out of work. So, with a sagging U.S. economy in a dangerous world with countries like Iran about to have nuclear weapons, our military is going to be gutted.
Of course, is not going to stop there. Veterans are also going to see their benefits cut. Pensions are going to shrink and many medical benefits are simply going to go away. At the beginning of his Presidency, Obama proposed that members of the military who were wounded in the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq should pay for their own private insurance, and thus pay for their own medical treatment. The outcry from the American people was so great that the idea was soon dropped, but now Obama may get his way after all.
If the Doomsday Scenario happens, and it appears it will, the people who have laid their lives on the line to defend our country and its freedom will be punished for their sacrifice. At the same time there are a large number of people who will lose nothing. Members of Congress will not have their salaries or benefits cut, and they will keep their generous pensions, even if they have served only one term in office as compared to the minimum 20 years members of the armed services have to serve to even qualify for a pension.
White House staffers and Obama’s illegally appointed Czars and their staff members will lose no pay or benefits, and this is true of most other Federal employees, but then they will vote to re-elect Obama, while most military personnel and families will not. Do you see a pattern here? I certainly do. By the way, does anyone remember the proposal that Obama made during his campaign that there be a Civilian Defense Force formed that would be as well funded and equipped as the military? If we have a weak military then such a force will probably be formed and be under the complete control of one person, Obama.
There is one chance to stop this disaster. A committee in the House of Representatives is working on proposals to stop the Doomsday Scenario from happening, and it has bi partisan support. Everyone should write, call, or email their Senators and Representatives to support this and keep our military intact. Here is a link to a website that will help you contact your Congressional representatives: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
(Michael Connelly teaches business law and evidence law and is currently working with the United States Justice Foundation on several matters involving Constitutional issues. Connelly is also the Founder of the non- profit organization, Constitutional Law Alliance) -cw
Tags: Super Committee, Congress, President Obama, Leon Panetta, military complex, U.S. budget, budget cuts,
Vol 9 Issue 90
Pub: Nov 11, 2011