Retired Major Gen. Paul E. Vallely has slammed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Pentagon budget plan to slash the military over the next five years, warning that it "puts America at risk.”
"It’s crazy, naïve and stupid,"Vallely told "The Steve Malzberg Show"on Newsmax TV. "It's all cockamamie. They're not doing it the right way.
"Because they have not done the process the right way, it puts America at risk. The readiness will be lowered of all of our forces, all of our squadrons, all of our fleets, all of the Army, all of the Marines. Also, it will affect the Special Operations forces that we have now to fight unconventionally throughout the world."
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Vallely explained he was trained at West Point and whether it’s a nuclear threat or a conventional threat or an Islamic terror threat to this country, "you have to organize the forces to meet those threats to minimize any risk to the United States and to our citizens.”
The next step, he said Monday, is to develop the forces of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard to counter the threat by calculating the amount of military [that] might needed for a potential war or to fight a terrorist action.
"Then you budget the organization and structure in order to meet those threats. So, they're doing it absolutely backwards as the way it's supposed to be done. They're going to cut and slash here. There's no strategy involved, and they don't have the proper process.
"It's unbelievable, the amateurism, the naivety of the senior people in our government. And it carries over into the State Department, the CIA. We're totally broken and getting worse each day. And I hate to sound negative, but when you face the reality of it all, none of it makes sense.”
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