[lit-ideas] Where There's a Will There's a Way

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2006 17:22:02 -0400

Andy: For Eric, assuming that Clinton did all that cutting, did Rumsfeld et al. not know it before they started a completely gratuitous, unnecessary war? Why did they not prepare?

Eric: The short answer is that Bush decided he wanted to have his tax cut for the rich. The US could not handle an adequate military buildup and a supply-side tax cut.

Bush decided to give the tax cut (or tax postponement, if you prefer) and use the army Clinton had left him... a scaled-down version of our Cold War army with literally fields full of equipment that had broken down, lacking the funds to repair or maintain (and yet counted as part of our "force").

Thus the so-called transformation projects were funded: the Pentagon's Joint Readiness Training Center; UAVs like Global Hawk; the military's global information grid; the Army's Stryker brigades; the airborne laser; space-based radar; and the conversion of Trident nuclear-missile submarines to cruise-missile platforms.

As for last-minute military drafts, John Wager is right in estimating about six months to field a drafted army. That's much too slow in dealing with crises. It's a "come as you are" world.

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