downsizing the military is not necessarily a bad thing… i think al franken said it best… something along the lines of: so we have fewer horses in the military now than we did 100 years ago, so is our military worse off now? no!
downsizing is good if you’re getting rid of unnecessary, outdated, or overlapping resources… getting rid of old tank contracts and working on, say, a better faster joint strike fighter is fine by me. after all the means of military conflict in the 20th century changed dramatically, from flame throwers and chemical weapons to smart bombs, ballistic missile defense and realtime distributed computing.
any other president intersted in modernizing the military would have done similar downsizing of certain things.