Air Force general says it has to stop now

Military superiority is something most Americans have taken for granted their whole lives. We’ve understood from day one that while war is always a last resort, it’s good to know that if and when the U.S. needs to fight against another country’s military, we will win and we will win decisively.

But is that always going to be the case? Not if the Obama Administration has its way. Ongoing defense budget cuts have negatively affected every branch of the U.S. military. And it continues to get worse. It’s getting to the point where soon the countries that understand the importance of a strong military, such as Russia and China, will be on a par with us or even pass us. Both counties have been testing our resolve recently to see how we will react, and in typical Obama fashion, we do nothing.

But don’t just take my word for it. General Mark Welsh, the head of the United States Air Force, is warning that severe defense budget cuts will impact our air superiority over enemies that we might not be thinking much about right now.

“China and Russia are two good examples of countries who will be fielding capability in the next three to five years,” Welsh said recently during a visit to Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. “If they stay on track, that is better than what we currently have in many areas… The gap has closed.”

Welsh added that within 10 years, as many as 50 countries could be using Russian and Chinese top-end fighters. He says there are now some 200,000 fewer people in the active component of the Air Force than there once was, thanks to budget cuts.

“We have to stop this drawdown and build a red line right now in the size of the active force,” Welsh said.

Why do you suppose Obama is systematically reducing the size and strength of our military? Is it purely to fund his pet projects, or does he have something else in mind? I’d love to hear from you about this.


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