Defense: Budget cuts, sequestration and indifference to maintaining what was once "the arsenal of democracy" have led to units that are not deployment-ready and soldiers with weapons their grandfathers could have used.

The standing ovation given at the State of the Union to Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, seriously wounded in an Afghan war that his commander in chief did not believe was winnable, was well deserved.

It also served as a tribute to all the heroes we send into battle, particularly under rules of engagement that often make the proverbial "one hand tied behind your back" a preferable option.

The Iraq and Afghan wars have taken a toll not only in the human terms of our wounded warriors but also on the weapons and training they need to fight. Compounded by a president hostile to military preparedness and unwilling to make the necessary commitment to it, we have a military tired, worn out and unprepared.



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