Have we forgotten what happened in the wake of post-Vietnam budget cuts? We wound up with a military that simply wasn’t combat ready -- a hollow force. Asking a military that’s too small to do too much means it wears out sooner. Troops and equipment get stretched too thinly.
The result? An embarrassing debacle such as the Iranian hostage crisis that began in 1979, for one thing. Small wonder that President Reagan campaigned successfully on a promise to rebuild our military. His vow resonated with the American people because they were tired of seeing America’s prestige take a beating on the world stage. And they were genuinely alarmed by the realization that we had become far too vulnerable.
We can’t afford to take another holiday from our responsibilities. The wholesale cuts now on the horizon for our military are irresponsible and reckless. Or do we have to learn the hard way, yet again, that “freedom isn’t free”?