Defense: As sequestration looms and an advocate of military budget cuts prepares to be confirmed as Secretary of Defense, the Army reports that it will have to cut base operations by almost a third, jeopardizing its missions. ´The readiness of our Armed Forces is at a tipping point," Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey wrote to Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in a Jan. 14 letter also signed by the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
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god of irony, 1/24/2013 7:58:33 PM (No. 9137560)
#2, I had to prepare a White Paper on the impact of this on the National Guard´s grants to state to maintain federal levels of readiness. When my boss presented it to our senior leaders they scoffed and said I was over reacting. They are completely clueless on what our civilian leadership is trying to accomplish. Bottom line this will make America less safe.
Hagel and the generals named in the article are really nothing more then yes men for Obama who will micro manage the downsizing of the US military, and they know if they do not go along with Obama and his very liberal crew 100% that they will be told to retire.
Connect these dots, 1. Sequestration of DoD funds 2. Gays in the military 3. Female combatants 4. Firing of high level officers who voice concern 5. Appointment of a SecDef who has advocated unilateral dismantling of US nuclear arsenal 6. Appointment of a SecState who has accused US troops in combat of war crimes 7. Obama has an agenda, and it is the transformation of America as we know it; he has told us this. When he is done American military power will be crippled.
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get er done, 1/24/2013 9:29:27 PM (No. 9137703)
When Clinton cut 8 of 18 Army divisions, and failed to take out Bin Laden, the 9/11 attacks and Saddam´s attacks on the oil fields in the middle east were the result.
If our military leaders allow Obama´s attacks and decimation of our military, the result will be massive war on American soil. And Obama and Feinstein and other libs want to disarm Americans.
This is the result of "electing" a community organizer whose thin resume includes working for Baskin Robbins, lecturing on the Constitution (really?), voting "Present" and campaigning to be Commander in Chief.
Fine. Bring all our young patriots home. They can join local& state guard forces. Frankly, they are being degraded & demoralized by the current military leadership anyway. Let Obama draft his welfare recipients.
Seriously... would it be much worse living under Putin vs Obama? At least Putin has a flat 15% income tax!
And Putin is not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, bent on advancing Islam around the world.
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