- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

We’re seeing big cuts to U.S. defense spending and big cuts to the U.S. intelligence community (“Putting national security at risk,” Web, Feb. 17). What’s wrong with this picture?

Logic and history both warn us that if we are going to cut our military spending, we had better make sure our intelligence community at least is up to full strength. Why? In 1941, we had limited intelligence capabilities, and in December 1941, a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor plunged us into World War II.

President Clinton made huge cuts to the intelligence community, creating a situation where very little intelligence was coming in, making the United States very vulnerable. President George W. Bush was in the process of rebuilding the intelligence community when the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks struck without warning.

Now, some 10 years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Obama is proposing big cuts to the intelligence community budget - cuts that would make the United States more vulnerable to attacks of all types.

The federal government’s job is to head off, if possible, any type of attack before an it reaches our shores. The government should not be in the business of cleaning up a mess created because it severely cut our intelligence capabilities.

RON WOOTTERS

Lambertville, N.J.

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