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Hagel Calls For Military Cuts

Hagel Calls For Military Cuts

A smaller army is in the works. That is if Congress signs off on the sweeping changes being proposed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Hagel plans to cut the army down to about 440,000 soldiers by 2019. That would be the smallest number we've had since before World War II. But he says that the smaller army will still be effective.

“Our military would still be able to defeat any aggressor. We will retain the capability to defend our country and our interests around the world,” Hagel explained.

 

Among the other proposed cuts announced are plans to scrap the A-10 'Warthog' aircraft. The U-2 spy plane is also on the chopping block. Generals and admirals would get a one year pay freeze. Speaking in Washington, Texas Governor Rick Perry didn't sound happy.

 

“I hope we’re not about to make a tragic mistake in this country,” Perry said. “Hollowing out our guard is some political statement saying that you’re all going to feel the pain.”

 

Retired Army Major General Bill McClain told KTRH he's worried about what these cuts will do for the way our army is looked at by foreign governments.

 

“Will our strength be enough to convince our allies that we’re worthy partners in security in their region of the world,” McClain wondered.

 

And because of concerns like that McClain says you can expect these proposed cuts to get scrutinized by Congress.

“When it goes before the Congress there will be a lot of pushback. We all have to realize defense spending has to be cut. It’s just the way you do it,” McClain explained.

Proving McClain’s point is Houston area Congressman Mike McCaul, who told FOX News some of these cuts simply make no sense.

“We need to cut spending, but not to sacrifice our military readiness,” McCaul said.  

 

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