In announcing an end to the 16-day government shutdown this month, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Republicans would insist during the budget conference talks that sequestration continue, saying preserving it was “critically important” to Republicans. He did not exempt defense spending in his remarks. Only a few Republicans are straying from that script so far. They include Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the top Republican on the Armed Services panel. Asked if he supports keeping sequestration for the DOD, Inhofe said, “of course not.” “Going through more cuts in defense? We’ve already gone through that, and I think you’ll if you listen to the testimony from the chiefs on Thursday, they’ll say there’s a huge risk,” Inhofe said. “Risk means lives, American lives, by further cuts to our national security.” Inhofe said that Republicans not on the Armed Services panel have less of an understanding of the danger of continuing to cut the Pentagon budget. “We have some Republicans here that really don’t believe that we have the problem, the risk, we have right now,” he said. Asked if he is trying to reach out to his GOP colleagues to educate them, Inhofe said he is, “but they’re not that easy to educateKeep fighting the good fight, Senator. My views are my own and not that of the Army.
In the past, America has a history of overcutting defense spending after wars and regretting it. George Washington warned against such a sentiment so it is not new. This time America is overcutting its defense during a war in anticipation of it being over. We may not have to wait to regret it. Enter our hero, Senator Jim Inhofe R-OK (full disclosure- a personal friend before he was senator) is leading the charge to have an orderly drawdown of our Armed Services and stop blind sequestration cuts which have no defense logic behind them. In a article in Stars and Stripes, he called it the way he saw it and the way many in the services see it.