Retired Col. Jack Jacobs, a Medal of Honor recipient and NBC News military affairs analyst, joined the hosts of MSNBC’s The Cycle on Wednesday to react to President Barack Obama’s address commemorating last week’s shooting at Fort Hood. Jacobs lamented that the military is downsizing personnel to pre-World War II levels, but noted that one element of “good news” to that condition was that there would be fewer shooting incidents on bases similar to what occurred last week.
“Now for the bad news, good news story,” Jacobs began. “We’re about ready to make the United States Army specifically, and the services generally, smaller than they were before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. So, a priori, we’re going to have fewer problems. We’re going to be much more selective and all the rest of that stuff.”
“It’s not going to keep incidents from having – happening in the military at all,” Jacobs continued. “I mean, it’s going to happen, but it’s probably going to happen with less frequency.”
He added that this condition was, in fact, almost entirely “bad news,” because he does not like seeing the military establishment shrunk to pre-WWII levels.
Jacobs continued to say that the revolution in communications technology is, in part, to blame for inflating the gravity of shooting incidents in the military because they receive far more focus than they normally would.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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