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Does anyone know what Obama plans for the military when he takes office?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:19 AM on Dec. 9, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Im not sure his personal plans but I know most of the time there is a democrat in office there are some serious cut backs. Im a military brat and remember when Clinton was there and my mom caught bronchitis and we waited 12 hours in the mil hosp to be seen and they gave her sudafed (unflavored). The reenlistment usually goes down because the re-up bonuses go down as well. My dads pay raised (hes an officer) didnt come as often either. So no dont know about OBAMA himself but if hes going to follow Clintons lead, and it seems he is based on his selections lately, those are things you might see.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 8:31 AM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • From what I understand (of course his plans will probably change like the wind), he is going to cut the military by at least 25%--like Bill Clinton did. He wants to develop a "Youth Corps" involving middle and high school aged students, and require that anyone seeking government funded financial aid for college be required to give 2+ years back in the form of military or "missionary" type community service.

    Since he is "anti war" and the bulk of his supporters are also anti-war, this will only serve to leave our military in a weakened state, and LESS prepared for when and if another terrorist attack occurs on US soil.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:40 AM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • Military needs ask help from Sec.of State Cates too,he is the one who will go to the President and ask more money.

    Obama is no Clinton. Our military is already weak ,so he needs to make military stronger.
    It is about time that people need to give something back when they need free help. People who want to serve will serve and people who like to complain will do so.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:26 AM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • He is not cutting the military
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:55 AM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • funny how none of you people who claim to know exactly what Obama plans to do have mentioned General Shinseki.
    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 1:43 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • Autodidact: General Shinseki will be the VA (Veterans Affairs) Secretary. He won't have nearly much influence on ACTIVE DUTY military decisions.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:13 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • It's hard to say, in my opinion. Pelosi/Frank would like to see a decrease in military spending, and (surprise, surprise) Obama has waffled on what he intends to do. At one point he said 16 months from the time he took office, we (US) would be out of Iraq. Most recently he has CHANGED that idea. We won't know till it is either proposed or in effect...
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:16 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • my point was he's taken a great step in the direction of better care for our vets.
    and had Bush listened to Shinseki, Iraq would have been much less likely to be the mess it has become.
    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 2:28 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • listened to Shinseki, Iraq would have been much less likely to be the mess it has become.


    Would have? Do we know that for sure? No, we don't. It MAY have, but there is no way to know for sure inconclusive without a doubt Iraq would have been much less likely to be the mess it has become.

    President Bush was damned if he did and Damned if he didn't, in my opinion... There were/are so many unknown variables. We don't know for sure...
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:35 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

  • ok, so we needed a surge, but we DIDN'T need to go in with more in the first place?
    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 2:37 PM on Dec. 9, 2008

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