Saturday, May 14, 2005

Lou Dobbs Gets it Wrong Again - Can Something be Done About That?

What of the base closings?

Last night, returning from a business trip, I had the privilege of watching CNN at the airport, waiting to board a plane. Lou Dobbs was giving us all the bad news: the job losses, the hit to the local economies, the devestation of it all.

But as it turns out, despite his naysaying, the realignment of these bases will accomplish a number of GOOD things. None of which was shared by Lou, at least not while I was waiting to board.

First of all, the old base infrastructure is still founded on a cold war posture. They should, instead, be organized around the period we live in, with terror threats, and quick responses to hotspots around the world.

Secondly, the bases need to take into account a growing private sector that can economically accomplish a lot of what base personnel try to do. This is no reflection on the war fighter or the enlisted man or woman. It is a reflection, however, on government bureaucracy, and anything that can be accomplished privately would release the assets at these bases to more effective use.

Thirdly, the equipment at these bases are becoming more 21st century state-of-the-art. This new weaponry is smaller, smarter, more lethal, and the infrastructure around such systems and equipment needs to change in order to support them.

We're well overdue for this needed change. And it will be of benefit not only to the taxpayer, but also to the war fighter and those in the supporting infrastructure.

And regardless of Lou Dobbs whining, it will result in a net positive for jobs -- that's right, the aggregate affect will be MORE not FEWER jobs, and it will stimulate economic development in the support of these changes, as well as, not to mention, better posture our working military and supporting civilian personnel around the world.

Must we be continually harranged by these nincompoops on CNN?

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