martes, 25 de febrero de 2014

Congress skeptical about plan to shrink military

Karla Vanessa Gomez Vilchis 146757
Sociedad y política de los Estados Unidos

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is proposing to shrink the Army to its smallest size in three-quarters of a century, hoping to reshape the military after more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and roped in by fiscal constraints set by Congress.
The plan unveiled Monday is already raising red flags among leading Republicans and Democrats
They have resisted cutting tanks and aircraft the military doesn’t even want, or accepting base closings that would be poison in their home districts. They have consistently advocated bigger pay increases for service members than the government has requested.
 “We are on a path to repeat the mistakes we’ve made during past attempts to cash in on expected peace dividends that never materialized” and “caused our allies to question America’s staying power and encouraged our enemies to test us,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said.

In my opinion this could be a great opportunity for the United States to stop risking their citizens in their wars.
Now that they do not need too many people in Iraq. They can invest the money in technology that can be used instead people.
I do not think thy are going to be helpless if they reduce the number of their army, as the article says they will have new and better technology to keep their country safe.
This issue has been very controversial since it is well known that the United States stand out for their interests in wars and many do not agree with the reduction of the army.

This is not very common coming from the United States government but it looks like it is very possible to be approved.

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