DURING THIS week’s presidential debate on foreign policy, President Barack Obama said that Gov. Mitt Romney’s proposal to increase defense funding would provide “military spending that our military’s not asking for.”
He made it sound like our uniformed leaders determine on their own budget, independent of any guidance from the president, for what our force structure should be.
In fact, the programs that the military proposes in the president’s budget are based on formal direction from the president, including the National Security Strategy, the National Military Strategy and the Defense Policy Guidance, among many other documents.
The marching orders Obama gave to the Pentagon in January of this year included a radical departure from previous administrations. (“Obama Puts His Stamp on Strategy for a Leaner Military,” New York Times, Jan. 5)
The president’s revamped guidance calls for the Pentagon to reduce our forces to a level that would allow us to fight and win only one war, not to fight and win two simultaneous wars — which has been the military’s goal since the Cold War ended.
So, of course the military is not asking for more funding — they are following the president’s orders to reduce the force!
The significant reduction in the Pentagon’s capabilities ordered by Obama is designed solely to reduce military spending without regard to the actual threats the United States faces in a world full of dangerous enemies.
Romney’s proposal to turn around the decline of the strength of our armed forces will make us safer, and a stronger U.S. military will deter rogue nations from placing our national interests at risk.
JAMES G. TERRY