A subcommittee chairman who sits on the House Armed Services Committee cautioned that closing military bases under a Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) will result in a weaker and more vulnerable military.
In addition to tax hikes on the ‘wealthiest’ of Americans, a new round of military base closures are baked into President Obama’s $4 trillion budget. But Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, warned that closing bases in this manner would compromise America’s strength, The Hill reported.
“If you believe our force structure is where it should be right now, then you need to support a BRAC because you will lock it in for the rest of your lifetime and my lifetime,” Forbes said Tuesday at a breakfast with reporters. “If you believe, as I believe, that these force structures are not right, that we are going to have to build these structures up greater, then you’d better fight like the dickens to make sure you don’t have a BRAC.”
Because once we shut some of these capabilities and some of these facilities down, we will never be able to afford to build them back up again. And I think history has shown us that that’s accurate.
Forbes said he was not against closing military bases, but emphasized that closing them should not be done as a matter of cost reduction. “It means if they want to close it, they can come. We don’t need to do it on a BRAC-wide basis,” the Virginia congressman said. “Show me your strategy, and how. Don’t tell me you’re doing this because it’s a budgetary driven thing.”
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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, echoed Forbes’ sentiments. “There is no doubt that the nation’s security requires more spending than is permitted under the current levels,” Thornberry said in a press release Tuesday. “Meeting the nation’s needs, however, requires a Commander-in-Chief who is willing to work with Congress to solve the problem rather than continue on the campaign trail.”
Overall, the president’s budget includes many proposals that he knows will never pass in Congress. And yet, in spite of the growing threats to our national security, the president continues to give speeches that polarize the country and Congress.
h/t: The Daily Caller