Efforts to maintain the current levels of US military funding (which nearly equal that of all other countries on this planet combined) have reached a new low in the form of scare tactics and threats coming from the US Chief of Staff and Defense Secretary. Fox News has the story:
The top U.S. military official suggested Wednesday that scheduled Pentagon budget cuts could lead to war.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a Senate committee Wednesday alongside Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Both offered dire warnings about the potential impact of the automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, which will go into effect starting next January unless Congress intervenes.
Dempsey said the cutbacks could lead to the cancellation of weapons systems and disrupt “global operations.” In turn, he warned, the U.S. could lose global standing — opening the door for enemies to test American military might.
“We can’t yet say precisely how bad the damage would be, but it is clear that sequestration would risk hollowing out our force and reducing its military options available to the nation,” Dempsey told the senators. “We would go from being unquestionably powerful everywhere to being less visible globally and presenting less of an overmatch to our adversaries, and that would translate into a different deterrent calculus and potentially, therefore, increase the likelihood of conflict.”