Gordon Adams scrutinizes Bob Gates defense cuts:

The Secretary said, and it deserves quotation, "ever since World War I, when we have come to the end of wars, we have dramatically reduced our defense spending, cut our military forces, and then ended up in another war...And when we have had to rebuild quickly to deal with threats, the cost in blood and treasure has been very high."  He is right if he is talking about World War II and Korea.  But for the past sixty years, the US has maintained a large standing Army, has been through three hot wars and one cold one, has built down its forces and built them back up, but has never confronted what he implies: war because we built down and were, as a result, unready.

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