Americans are justifiably proud of our role in the Second World War. Though we were not the first to fight, when we committed to fighting, we put everything we had into it. Men joined the military, women joined the workforce and everybody went without whenever possible to help the war effort. We fought ferociously and helped restore stability to a world that had gone mad.
However, many Americans lack an understanding of our situation immediately prior to our involvement in the war. We were still reeling from a depression and our military was thoroughly decimated. Though we all remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, many fail to recall that we were also attacked at the same time in the Philippines. Our forces were overwhelmed eventually and American forces were forced to surrender to the Japanese and endure years of brutal captivity and war crimes at the hands of the Japanese occupiers.
In truth, those stuck in places like Bataan had little chance. Armed with broken-down hand-me-down 1903 rifles from the First World War and food rations and supplies from 1918, when re-supplying these fighting men became difficult, their fate was sealed.
To put it another way: America had been lulled into a place of military complacency and when we found ourselves in the middle of a war, we were forced to scramble. We had to recruit men and we had to build rifles, tanks, planes and a million other necessities of warfare.
We were unprepared and it cost us dearly.
Now, the Obama Administration is committed to repeating this past mistake by decimating the U.S. military to place us in a place of readiness last seen prior to the Second World War.
According to a report from the Army Times, the Army has the fewest active duty soldiers it has had since 1940.
In March, 2,600 soldiers left the Army without being replaced. Over the past year, 16,548 soldiers have left the Army without being replaced; that is roughly the equivalent of three brigades.
The current endstrength for March is 479,172 soldiers- the fewest amount seen since 1940 when America had 269,023 soldiers.
The current plan calls for a continued dwindling of soldiers with 460,000 soldiers in 2017 and 450,000 in 2018.
To those who believe that food stamps are more important than funding a robust military, this information comes as welcomed news as more and more Americans are one food stamps each and every month. While the U.S. is bustling with government-dependent welfare recipients, we appear to not have money in the budget for the kind of defense spending that has kept the world safe at numerous points in the past century.
More than bragging rights at the UN, a strong military is of vital importance to our nation as it protects us from threats at a time when we are engaged in a war with radical Islam (whether our supposed Commander-in-Chief wants to admit it or not).
We were caught off-guard once before and the price we paid was in blood and anguish. Sadly, in the pursuit of a cuddly foreign policy, President Obama and compliant lawmakers seek to replicate this disaster by cutting funding while simultaneously telegraphing weakness and vulnerability to the rest of the world.