By Candace Hardin
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
It seems that it is acceptable to our illustrious leaders to cut military spending.
I suppose they cannot find anything else that might be on the porky, fat side.
Entitlements cannot be cut, costs votes.
Elected officials lifetime salaries and benefits cannot be cut; they deserve that for their sacrifice. We certainly couldn’t reduce spending on anything else.
Washington officials enjoy lavish dinners and affairs while the everyday family has to live meagerly within their means.
If we cut military by 90,000 trained, i.e. we have already invested money in them, troops, how will we withstand any attacks? You could reduce this by cutting recruiting, but who will replace the attrition of retirees and those that leave voluntarily? If an emergency should strike, an untrained force of newbees will not be as valuable as seasoned troops.
Of course, our illustrious leader says that the war on terror is over.
That was easy to see in the Olympic Games. The terror alert was high. They were watching certain known terrorists because intelligence had ferreted out the possibility of planned attacks by them.
We have given Iran the possibility of sponsoring more terrorism with the 7 billion dollars of sanctioned assets we will release after they do, what was it they promised to do? Oh yes, they promised nothing. The prime minister of Iran stated this very clearly.
Historically, Iran is one of the largest sponsors of terrorism and terror cells. When we release more of their money, they will have more to spend on furthering their aims.
Our own ClashDaily.com has published an article about a terrorist cell and training camp in Sweeney, TX.
The war on terror, nothing to worry about there, it is already here in the United States.
Even if we discount the lack of readiness in an emergency situation, why are we cutting the budget of the ones who make the greatest sacrifice of all?
The military gives up their families for months on end, so we can safely sleep in our family homes every day.
The war years have taken a toll on many service men and women.
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome plagues so many vets. The VA is not responding fast enough to meet the emergency needs of the affected service-person. There have been many cases of suicide from the depression this infirmity brings.
Should we cut back even more on a system that is not responding quickly enough to those who served their country?
Just as an example, the VA Hospital in Atlanta, GA underwent a huge administration change due to an investigation into its shortcomings.
So, what We the People are being told is that our safety is not important enough to keep at a ready level.
What Our Military is being told is that they are the least important, therefore expendable in the budget.
I do not like these messages at all.
If you do not like them either, remember to vote accordingly in 2014.
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Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on PolitiChicks.tv. and has a blog, kandisays.blogspot. com. Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.