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Back at home the military is -- to make do with a smaller active duty force is just one of the changes the president announced yesterday.
To adapt to nearly a half a trillion dollars in budget -- over the next decade but some military historians now.
Are warning this could be a bad move.
And point two previous draw downs.
As a lesson Jennifer Griffin is taking a closer look at that -- Jennifer what is the historic context for all of this before.
Well especially they've tried this after every war since World War II.
-- -- Truman after World War II.
Drew down the size of army Eisenhower tried to draw down the size of the army and rely more on air power on the B 52 bomber on -- on nuclear weapons.
And then of course most recently there was Donald Rumsfeld and and the notion.
That at the it it did that at the beginning of the Bush Administration before 9/11 that they could make a smaller more lean Agile.
Military many unexpected happened 9/11.
And then with the Iraq War that was supposed to be one with shock and -- It was deja Vu all over again it's very similar what president.
Carter dead down -- after the Vietnam experience was an unpopular war America was war weary they were looking for a peace dividend the economy would -- shambles they were looking to try to.
Cut somewhere cut federal spending so they go to go -- defenses do on the back to defense.
So according to military historians there's nothing really new about the strategy that President Obama rolled out yesterday.
To cut defense.
After that at the end of these two wars that the US has been fighting and it's up for debate of whether or not it's the right strategy we just heard -- -- -- who work with the Reagan administration.
And let's take a look at that that particular area she was talking about when Carter made those cuts to the army what was Ronald Reagan's response -- time.
Well remember the nation was very war weary after Vietnam.
There was high and they're in -- high inflation rates essentially.
The there were 58000 US troops who had been killed in that war Nixon began the -- down thing Carter carried out deep cuts.
KT McFarland as you -- worked in the Pentagon under Ronald Reagan and she describes how hollow the army was when they took over.
When I was in the Reagan administration when we came into the panic -- After that trough and and defense cuts of the -- we were stunned by what we found.
We have planes -- couldn't fly because the pilots didn't have enough hours of training to be qualified as pilots which ships that couldn't sail because they didn't have fuel oil.
To -- a motorized and sail around the world.
What historians will tell you is that the danger after.
These wars when the army is cut that that will project.
To America's enemies that they can take advantage of the US and so there's concern in some concern that with all this going on -- in the world.
In the Persian gulf and in North Korea.
-- it's the wrong time to project that the army is being cut because well -- pentagon and the Pentagon officials tell you nobody wants to fight another land war.
And nobody plans to fight another land war anytime soon.
Nobody has ever wanted to fight a land war.
And the problem is when the army looks like it's week.
That's when America's adversaries take advantage of the situation according to military historian has an excellent point in a lot for us to think about today Jennifer thank you.
Right now and.
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