Downsizing of the military started back in Bush Sr administration and continued into and through Clinton's admin. Reagan was build build build...God Bless him
(Downsizing occured during Republican and Democratic administrations throughout american history). Since the end of Shield/Storm military build/downsize appears to be a roller coaster.
However, I am one that will argue the point about Bush admin weakening our military. I don't mind being called irrational
I still haven't recieved a phone call saying "we need you back." They still have me for 6 more years.
B-52 can't do what a B-2 does.
As for bombing targets that a WWII B-17 or A-10 can...yes that happens... sometimes...it makes great video and weapon promotion to advertise to the world via our free press which is probably the best intell service for all other countries. Advertise the expensive precise weapons, make sure the whole world knows what we have and what we can do. Keep the hard missions secret (national security).
The USSR advertised their numbers in parades. We have seen the capabilities/abilities of these "numbers" in Shield/Storm, Iraq had "numbers" but those Soviet weapons were inferior to our technology (example...Scud vs. Patriot...Silkworm vs. British Sea Dart). It didn't do much good for them. I'll take our technology and high priced seriously effective weapons systems any day.
One last thing...WWII bombing was not precision bombing. In the 1940's if a innocent German child died from CARPET bombing that child was considered a dead Nazi. Today...if an Iraqi insurgent's child dies from a "misguided" laser bomb it is considered an American Military Crime!!! And naturally CNN will investigate what went wrong with that weapon and how the American Military went wrong.