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[What we require is] a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States’ global responsibilities.
To carry out these core missions, we need to provide sufficient force and budgetary allocations. In particular, the United States must:
MAINTAIN NUCLEAR STRATEGIC SUPERIORITY, basing the U.S. deterrent upon a global, nuclear net assessment that weighs the full range of current and emerging threats, not merely the U.S.-Russia balance.
RESTORE THE PERSONNEL STRENGTH of today’s force to roughly the levels anticipated in the “Base Force” outlined by the Bush Administration, an increase in active-duty strength from 1.4 million to 1.6 million.
REPOSITION U.S. FORCES to respond to 21st century strategic realities by shifting permanently-based forces to Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia, and by changing naval deployment patterns to reflect growing U.S. strategic concerns in East Asia. (iv)
Originally posted by The Godfather of Conspira
Apologies for jumping the gun, I guess I assumed by your profile and what-not you were a die-hard Neo-Con.
I mean really Foreign Policy is the root cause of America's incredible strain on it's military and record defence spending budget.
Forget addressing the military aspects, even fighting on 4 fronts at a time the US military can handle itself what with $500 billion that's being thrown at it every single year... the Army is far from "crisis mode", they've got the numbers and superiority to match all the threats it's currently facing.
We need to address Foreign Policy now not later, otherwise before you know it America will have 10 fronts and 20 enemies to face.
Hopefully the next election addresses this issue once and for all... we shall see.
Originally posted by racegunz
Our lives will be defined by this only because we are failing to do what it takes to end it! War for changing regimes or foreign policies we do not like is like using a sledge hammer to tighten a nut and bolt. War is for destroying enemies and conquering territory, our troops can do that quite well. We either get the guts to end it or we need to bring our soldiers home and kick out the foreigners and go isolationist. (I'm a staunch isolationist and am a firm believer The U.S.A. can thrive with such a policy, but hey that's my opinion.) Our founders realized that involving ourselves in Europe's affairs would bring us only sorrow, nothing has changed that reality.