Obama is trying to accomplish 2 things with this draw down.After the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that defined the first decade of the 21st century, Mr Obama's blueprint for the military's future acknowledged that America will no longer have the resources to conduct two such major operations simultaneously.Instead, the US military will lose up to half a million troops and will focus on countering terrorism and meeting the new challenges of an emergent Asia dominated by China. America, the President said, was "turning the page on a decade of war" and now faced "a moment of transition". The country's armed forces would in future be leaner but, Mr Obama pointedly warned both friends and foes, sufficient to preserve US military superiority over any rival – "agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats".
1.) This is a ploy by Obama to manipulate the next debt ceiling debate.He will argue that if Republicans want a strong a military,they will have to pay for it and raise the debt ceiling.
2.) In the future it is going to become harder and harder to fill the ranks with new recruits,because we now allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military.Instead of dealing with the problem,that most people don't want the homosexual lifestyle shoved down their throats,they are just going to reduce their quota for troops.