U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement on the Army's announcement yesterday that it is deactivating 10 combat brigades:
"Yesterday's announcement by the Army of its decision to deactivate 10 combat brigades as part of its ongoing draw-down of 80,000 troops raises concerns about America's diminished influence and role in world affairs. We as a government have been, as Secretary Bob Gates articulated so well, utterly unable to predict what future threats we may face or what forces we will need to respond to them. The Army is our insurance policy and I remain concerned that these reductions will be compounded by future troop cuts caused by budget sequestration -- cuts that would leave us with the smallest ground force since 1941. We retreat from international obligations at our peril; I urge the Administration to carefully asses the risks of continued troop reductions."