HASC Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon has recently discussed the effect sequestration will have on the United States using facts—just facts without much context:
America would have its smallest ground force since before World War II, its smallest n Navy since before World War I and its smallest air force Air Force in the history of the service. Sequestration would limit America’s power and influence in the world and restrict our ability to defend vital interests.
Not only are we likely to have the smallest forces ever regardless what happens with sequester, it’s not clear these smaller forces are any less capable. As the Navy’s own Vice Admiral Dirk Debinnk stated “that our fleet today is far more capable than any fleet than we've ever had in the past, irregardless of numbers.” Sometimes it is quality over quantity.