posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 09:19 PM
Having been on active duty during Desert Shield/Storm, and my ensuing years as a member of the National Guard, I might be able to refresh your
memories on this matter.
Look back to the end of the Cold War, after the fall of the Berlin wall and the subsequent demise of the USSR, the military was a major target in
budget reductions. To work this out and to show the public that they (Congress, and administrations, both Rep & Dem), accomplished this without
seriously damaging our fighting force, our government actually shifted significant responsibilities of our national defense to the Nat'l Guard &
reserve forces. Most notably were combat service & support units(ie, maintenance, transportation), military police, and medical units. This
accomplished both reducing the cost of defense and ensuring the ability to respond to threats.
For those who are or were in the military during this restructure, you understand my points, the government used the fact that headlines in the
newspapers or on TV said "Military Cutback", and "Base Closings", would appease those who at the time thought the Defense budget was too
They heard what they wanted to hear and at the time it was good, but the results of these reductions are what the military has to deal with now and
times have changed so in reaction to these changes another chapter in what we need military-wise has been opened up. I am sure it will be discussed
and debated and eventually turn out to be what is needed at this time, but it shows how decisions made now will impact the future and IMO our nations
defenders deserve every dime it takes to make sure your son or daughter can sleep in peace tonight. We cannot play politics with our security.