The Dustoff policy *is* insane, as you have well documented, for all the obvious reasons. The best course of action IMO is to kill it all together - the only way I know to eliminate these sort of bad command structures - and let the Pedros have sole responsibility for Medevac in theater.
The sequester is an entirely different animal. Good people can make *strong* arguments about the amount of waste they see (i.e., a lot), the way the congress critters on both sides of the aisle use Defense spending as a Corporate Welfare and jobs program (they do), and whether the American Empire is *vastly* overextended (it is). There are bad guys out there but tell me why we need to be the army that is larger than the next 12 countries' armies combined? The simple answer is we don't.
We keep being a little too eager to get involved in overseas adventures while our real adversaries like the Chinese and Russians devote far less to defense spending and more to their domestic economies. There's a new foreign policy we should try, called "mind our own business". We have way too many wasteful programs like the F-22 and F-35. It's time to stay home for a change - can we please stay out of a war for at least one presidential term? - and sink some of that money into repairing bridges and infrastructures instead of nation building overseas.
This commment is unpublished.· 5 years agoHow you went from Congress and oversea adventures to the problems of Dustoff is beyond me. :-x
This commment is unpublished.· 5 years agoMike brings up Dustoff problems, which we all mostly agree with. He also brought up the sequester in the same article, in the last four paragraphs. He ties them together in the first sentence of the last paragraph.
My point was that these are separate issues. The sequester cuts the army - and I and many others believe it is overdue. It is a false choice to say if we don't restore money cut by the sequester that we will watch people die in Dustoff situations. No, we will watch Dustoff continue to harm us because it is a stupid policy, independent of the sequester. And it can be changed independent of the sequester.
If you can grasp that, it is not beyond you.