Don’t Believe The Hype Pentagon Plan: A Few Less Troops, Same Old Empire

"CIA, NSA—you dont see any of that stuff going," Englehardt added. "I think that global surveillance and intervention state you see being built is going to stay." In addition to the troop cuts, the budget recommends the retirement of a number of aging and outdated military vehicles. However, according to Englehardt, what is most "striking" is the Pentagon’s decision to maintain the fleet of 11 aircraft carriers. "That is a massive investment," he added, saying that it is "obviously excessive" for the U.S. to maintain roughly five times more the number of aircraft carriers than any other nation. The real message, he says, is that the U.S. has made the strategic decision to cede control of the land and instead "control the sea and sky."

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