Back in '08, Barack Hussein Obama (mm mm mm) stated "we cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we set; we gotta have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded " http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt2yGzHfy7sandated
As it turns out, he may have been talking about something ten times more threatening to our freedoms.
When you hear claims that they are reducing the size of the military and their budget, look elsewhere for the truth. That does not mean they are reducing operations and nefarious activities. They are simply taking control of operations by means of the State Department of the now dictatorial executive branch of the federal government. Yes, the State Department. http://www.badgovernmentreview.com/2011/07/state-departments-private-army.html
That agency now has control and funding ( at least $2.9billion/yr) to support tens of thousands of members of their own private army. There are oner 5,000 "private contractors" in Iraq alone. http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2010/07/12/doubling-the-state-departments-private-army-in-iraq/
These are not electricians or road builders, these are "security" forces" equipped with, among other things, black hawk helicopters, munitions and anti mine transports; the State Department's private army with no oversight or accountability to the people of this country or the Congress that represents them.
No, this does not include the estimated 1,800 Americans that staff the massive U.S. embassy complex in Iraq that can be seen from space http://www.standupamericaus.org/world-events/huge-expensive-u-s-embassy-in-iraq-to-increase-staff-budget/
, or the number of "security forces" that are not counted as troops on the ground in places like North Africa, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, or UAE, among others.
If you still think you live in the America you grew up beleiving existed, start taking things for face value at least. We have a government being run by people that could not care less about the protections afforded Americans by the Constitution, let alone the rest of your God given rights. We have a totalitarian "president" that not only sends our sons and daughters into harm's way without congressional approval, but a Secretary of Defense that seeks permission from the U.N and "world leaders" when he does want to act, Couple that with a totalitarian with a private army funded off of the backs of taxpayers, and you should have no problem getting a little clearer picture of where we really are today.