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    trumpeter, Pluto, Eyesbright

    What is said in the paragraphs you block-quoted, while it contains some truths, does not accurately represent the facts.

    Hagel calls for shrinking Army to pre-WWII size
    The Army had already been preparing to shrink to 490,000 active-duty members from a wartime peak of 570,000. Hagel is proposing to cut it further to between 440,000 and 450,000.
    In fact, according to this website - in 1940, 458,365 people served in the U.S. military - which, at the time, included Army (269,023), Navy (160,997), and Marines (28,345) - so the headline's statement tries to equate apples and oranges.

    Hagel's plan is to reduce the number of foot soldiers. I have read of no plan to reduce the number of people in the Air Force (~335,000), Navy (~325,000), or Marines (~200,000).

    The broadcast channel you quote seems to have a habit of presenting (sometimes at best) partial truths. I always wonder why. What is their purpose in doing so? Who does it serve for the citizenry to be only partially informed?

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