Center for Security Policy | Oct 12, 2009
By Frank Gaffney, Jr.
Morale in Afghanistan has reportedly plummeted, compounded by Washington’s growing incoherence about the threat posed by the Taliban – who wants to be the last guy killed fighting an enemy it turns out we are happy to have run the place? – and by restrictive rules of engagement that are getting troops killed unnecessarily.
The Obama administration has secured congressional approval for virtually all the cuts it sought in defense spending. Particularly hard hit have been the budgets for modernization and replacement of aging and worn-out equipment. Some estimates suggest there is as much as a $50 billion shortfall in the procurement accounts. History clearly teaches that these bills will come due over time, and be paid for in blood by inadequately equipped American servicepersonnel.
BTW: Why is this weapon system being ignored? Why is there no funding for development?
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