Top Leaders Debate Imminent Cuts to Military RanksDan Doyle
No one wants a world without wars more than those who have had to fight in one. It is a noble and worthy dream to live in a world without wars. It is a dream worthy of human beings and worthy of their efforts to create such a world. We must do all that we can to reach this, but since we live in a paradoxical reality, we must also be prepared to defend ourselves from those who have not yet matured enough in their moral character to act in ways that would promote that peace we all desire. Indeed, sadly, there are some who just do not want that peace until they can have it in their own particular and self-centered ways. And they remain truly dangerous in the world. Because of this real world awareness, we must remain prepared to defend ourselves effectively.
How Small Is Too Small?
The war in Afghanistan is coming to a close at the end of this year. During the period of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army, at its peak, numbered around 570,000 troops. By the end of the Afghan war it will have dropped to around 490,000 men and women. Secretary of Defense Hagel is planning to reduce the numbers further to around 450,000. He argues that “An Army of this size is larger than required to meet the demands of our defense strategy.” It could shrink even more. If sequestration remains in play, those numbers could drop by another 30,000 troops. So the debate begins.