Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: Military Cuts Make 'No Sense'

Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 11:48 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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The Obama administration's proposal to slash military spending "makes no sense" and was like "canceling your fire insurance to prevent a fire," Lt. Col. Ralph Peters said Tuesday.

"The idea the administration has of slashing the Army because we want to make sure we don't have the capability to do long-term occupations, that is like canceling your fire insurance to prevent a fire. It makes no sense," Peters, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

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Peters described Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel as "asleep at the wheel" in announcing the proposed cuts Monday. He said the Obama administration was favoring military contractors over troops, while also endangering U.S. security.

"The administration is, without question, seriously compromising our security, our strategic flexibility," Peters said. "Basically, what these cuts do, the way they're arranged, they punish the troops in order to protect profits for contractors."

Defense contractors were "disingenuous" when they said it took years to develop weapons systems, Peters said. He explained it also took time to develop military personnel.

"How long do they think it takes to develop a quality officer, battalion commander, or a quality platoon leader, or platoon sergeant? The military, ultimately, our military is and has to be about people," he said.

The United States has 520,000 troops, which would reduce to about 420,000 under President Obama's plan. By comparison, China has 2.2 million active duty members; North Korea, 1.2 million; Russia, 800,000; and Turkey has 510,000, according to Fox News.

The bottom line, Peters maintained, was that the administration did not understand "you don't always get to pick your wars." He said planning for a "clean technological solution to warfare" was a "dream."

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