The fact that there will be no U.S. aircraft carrier in the Middle East this fall is an interesting development that is worth noting. It would be the perfect time for Iran to launch an attack on Israel and for Obama to duck his obligation of protecting the tiny Jewish state. Ironically enough, the Iranian nuclear deal forces America into defending the Persian nation.
There are many reasons to think that the Iran nuclear deal is an awful agreement. One of those being the $150 billion (or so) that Iran will receive as sanctions are lifted.
In 2011, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act (BCA) into law which was an attempt to rein in federal spending. While federal spending must be curtailed, unfortunately the BCA did little to control the real drivers of federal spending (the entitlement programs) and instead imposed disproportionate cuts on the national security budget. These cuts were backed by a mechanism called sequestration, which automatically cuts every budget line if spending is too high.
In short, the BCA spending caps, sometimes referred to as sequestration spending levels, have cut spending on national security while our entitlement programs continue to grow recklessly. In fiscal year 2016, if the BCA caps remain in place, the base defense budget will be $95 billion in real terms below the pre-BCA defense budget.
…What exactly the Iranians will do with all of this cash is not clear, but it is likely that at least some of these funds will go into increased spending on the Iranian military and its proxies like Hezbollah.
The contrast with the United States could not be more striking–while the Iranians are flush with cash and increase spending on their military and terrorist proxies, the United States continues to dramatically cut our military spending.
The U.S. Navy will not have an aircraft carrier in the Middle East this fall for the first time in years, the U.S. Army is cutting 40,000 soldiers, and the Air Force is proposing cutting whole fleets of aircraft–all for budgetary reasons.
Of course, the U.S. spends more on defense than Iran does (although Iran isn’t exactly transparent on what they spend), but the United States military is not just worried about the threats coming from Iran. Russia has invaded Ukraine and is flexing its muscles elsewhere. China is building islands and gutting our computer networks.
North Korea shows signs of another space launch or perhaps a nuclear test. And Islamic terrorism is still a grave threat to the United States. So the U.S. has much more to worry about than just Iran, even as Iran receives billions in cash.
Full article: While Iran Receives Billions From Lifted Sanctions, the U.S. Military Is Cut by Billions (The Daily Signal)