Ask Americans who the number 1 military in the world, you may be surprised to learn that America is losing its confidence in its military strength.
With the lowest percentage in Gallop?s 23 years? only 49% say the United States is the number 1 military in the world. This is a significant drop from a year ago when 59% thought of the U.S. as the most powerful. No doubt that this 10% drop suggests growing fears resulting from international terrorism.
With little surprise, Gallop polls reflect more Americans believe Washington is spending too little on our national defense.
Military spending dramatically increased following 9/11 which marked the last time that the concern for military spending at its lowest.
All to say, what will happen if another foreign attack occurs in the United States in proportion to 9/11? Will the U.S. military be ready to defend with the significant budget cuts over the last few years? Not to mention, increased budget cuts now planned for 2017.
This is for sure to remain a hot issue in the coming presidential election.
Whereas 45% of Democrats believe that the U.S. is spending too much compared to 9% for Republicans. Likewise, 66% of Republicans believe that the U.S. is spending too little compared to only 20% for Democrats.
Some believe that the 2016 presidential election may dictate the military?s ability to defend America. Such budget cuts may also affect the Veteran?s Administration benefits for veterans like hospital care, retirement benefits, VA loans, etc.
With the Obama administration?s continued defense cuts, the downsizing of the United States military capability sees no bottom in site. This could be a concern since the Soviet Union and China are simultaneously increasing their military budgets.