WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney is adding his voice to the chorus of Republicans speaking out against Pentagon plans to cut troop levels to the lowest in almost 75 years.

Speaking on Fox News, Cheney warned the cuts are dangerous. “The fact of the matter is having a huge impact on the ability of future presidents to deal with future crises that are bound to arise.”

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the plans to shrink the armed forces, close bases and focus on a more nimble military to face a “more volatile, more unpredictable” world.

Cheney expressed the fear that the cuts would sacrifice American military superiority.“They’re basically making the decision in the Obama administration that they no longer want to be dominant in the seas and skies and space,” Cheney said, “And their budget reflects that.”

Cheney concluded the President “would much rather spend the money on food stamps than he would a strong military or support for our troops.”

At the core of Hagel’s plan is the notion that after wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that proved longer and more costly than foreseen, the U.S. military will no longer be sized to conduct large and protracted ground wars. It will put more emphasis on versatile, agile forces that can project power over great distances, including in Asia.

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