Rothman: As the World Grows More Dangerous, America Retreats | Mediaite: "When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 and the Warsaw Pact dissolved, America’s forward positioning and nearly 700,000 strong Army became instantly anachronistic. In 1990 – 1996, Congress passed measures designed to facilitate a drawdown of American forces in accord with a new peace. In spite of the fact that the world has grown more dangerous in the intervening decades, those incentives to facilitate the reduction in America’s armed forces personnel, which expired in 1996, were reinstated in 2012.
On Monday, the Pentagon announced a dramatic reduction in Army personnel to levels not seen since before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. These reductions are not being made to account for reduced threats abroad. Instead, they are being made in spite of the numerous and increasing threats to American interests."
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