NORMAN — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, thinks the military shouldn’t be the sole target for federal cost cuts. There is lots of unnecessary government spending, and the nation’s defense and infrastructure seem to be the favorite target of the president and Congress, the senator said in a Transcript editorial board this week.
Inhofe, who has announced plans to seek a fourth term in office, claims the administration has created a “hollow force” within the nation’s military. He cited several defense projects that have been delayed, effectively killing their development.
The nation’s ability to fight wars on multiple fronts has been a topic often raised by Inhofe. He cited threats from Iran and the volatile situation in Egypt. Inhofe said the United States should support Egypt’s military leaders, many of whom were trained in the United States.
A Congressional waiver to the prohibition of supporting military takeovers is possible, he said.
“Egypt is the connection to holding the coalition together in the Middle East. I’m very supportive of what the military is doing over there,” he said.
Inhofe visited Tinker Air Force Base on Tuesday as members of a national commission examining cost efficiency in the military toured the massive base in Oklahoma City.
Inhofe wants those commission members to be available to a Senate panel for questions on the efficiency report. Tinker Air Force Base, one of the state’s largest employers, has survived multiple budget cuts and base realignment proceedings.
The commission is touring 13 Air Force locations and is expected to submit its report to President Obama and Congress on Feb. 1.