Reflections on 9/11/2001 and Secretary Rumsfeld’s warning

In the morning of September 11th, 2001, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was having a meeting at the Pentagon building with key members of Congress regarding the defense cuts of the 1990s and the continued underfunding of defense. He reminded them that such deep cuts have always made America militarily weak, and that, in turn, has always emboldened aggressors to attack America.

How prophetic his words were.

Today, the US military is once again set to be gutted – this time at an amazing speed, with deep, across-the-board defense budget cuts set to occur less than 4 months from now. Politicians have clearly learned nothing since 9/11.

BTW, DOD acquisition chief Frank Kendall has recently admitted that sequestration would gut the military and that “There really aren’t many (programs) left to go after” that are not essential. So much for the lie that the defense budget still contains a “wish-list” of unneeded weapon programs designed only to make defense contractors rich.


2 thoughts on “Reflections on 9/11/2001 and Secretary Rumsfeld’s warning”

  1. The least safe world that I can imagine features a bankrupted America, deeply indebted to China, Saudi Arabia, and other countries that hate us.

    Unfortunately, this is the path that George Bush put us on and that Barack Obama has made worse.

    The fact is that the military is a big, bloated government bureaucracy, just like every other government agency. Case in point: In the Navy, a Captain commands a ship and an Admiral commands a fleet of ships. Yet, today there are more Admirals than ships. What are all of these high priced Admirals doing? Shuffling papers at the Pentagon. Larding up the military with multiple layers of bureaucracy does not make us more secure. It hurts our security.

    1. The military’s bureaucracy is not nearly big enough to pay for even the first tier BCA-mandated budget cuts, let alone for sequestration.

      Even halving the number of admirals would save only a few hundred million dollars per year – a fraction of one billion dollars.

      Be that as it may, I’ve already proposed far-reaching DOD reform proposals on this and many other issues here:

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