- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Obama administration is contemplating major reductions in the Department of Defense budget to help cut into the huge deficits incurred by the president and his Washington cronies. They plan on reducing our conventional military forces and increase special operations units to combat terrorist threats around the world.

An increase in special operations forces is warranted to target terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas and other radical Islamic extremists in a number of countries. Additionally, large-scale conventional military operations are necessary to pacify areas in host countries that house the terrorists, and staging bases are needed to launch targeted operations against the terrorists.

Let’s not forget about the threats posed by the large ground forces of Iran, the North Korean army poised against South Korea, and the massive Chinese communist conventional forces available to threaten Taiwan, Japan and other Asian countries. Due to its vibrant economy, which is growing nearly 10 percent annually, China has embarked on a significant upgrade of its land forces and strategic weapons systems, and has implemented a naval shipbuilding program that includes aircraft carriers and submarines. Russia is also upgrading its military.

We need to maintain robust military forces, both special operations and conventional forces, to combat terrorist organizations, to deter countries from hosting terrorists and to oppose the forces of totalitarian regimes in the world that threaten our national security and the security of our allies. History has taught us that military weakness is the breeding ground for wars.

DONALD A. MOSKOWITZ

Londonderry, N.H.

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