Skip to comments.Defense secretary Panetta blasts defense budget cuts in visit to ship off California coast
Posted on 03/31/2012 7:01:02 AM PDT by Doogle
ABOARD THE USS PELELIU Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Marines and sailors on Friday that Congress would be irresponsible if it doesn't act to prevent drastic military budget cuts.
In a visit to this amphibious assault ship off the Southern California coast, he also said Afghanistan is making progress against the Taliban but Iran remains a potential threat to the U.S.
A budget agreement reached last August calls for defense cuts of $487 billion over a decade, a reflection of the drawdown of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the pressure to reduce the nation's deficit.
The failure of Congress' so-called "supercommittee" to come up with at least $1.2 trillion in savings means automatic cuts of more than $1 trillion next January to defense and domestic programs.
Congress "did a stupid thing" in risking the $50 billion in reductions that would kick in next January, Panetta told hundreds of Marines and sailors.
"What they essentially did is put a gun to their heads and the heads of the country," he said.
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...YEAH, Dumbo and the rat "what budget?" group in the Senate didn't have anything to do with it
Uhhh...wait a second. Isn’t panetta part of the group (LIB/DIM idiots) who supported/created just what he is complaining about here? Pot meet kettle.
Lest we forget, we don't need a military any more, we have 0bama to talk trouble away.
shuuusshhhh...let’s not make the obvious so obvious...
But, but, but Obama cannot completely destroy this country if our Military remains strong. Just Panetta trying to cover his sorry a**. He is in Obama’s camp WHATEVER they do!
Not only that but he is talking out of both sided of his mouth again...He and his ilk want to change the military health care for active duty members, the dependents and retirees....once again break the contract that was promised to so many upon enlistment and remaining for 20 or more years.
Panetta, the commie lover, can go to hell.
And don’t for get there is the build up of 0bama’s civilian corps to be as strong as the military and those FEMA camps to be developed and staffed in all the states....we need the funds for that little caper.
America, open your eyes and ears and wake up!!!
Old Frequent-Flyer Leon......out there in California so he can just walk to his house and spend the weekend there. I’ll believe that Panetta cares about the military when he makes his home in D.C. and starts working on weekends. It must be nice to have a 9-5 war on Monday thru Friday. If the Secretary of Defense isn’t serious about winning the war, then what are we doing in Afghanistan? Panetta’s just another government freeloader.
what are you going to believe; the actions of a lying politician or what the lying politician tells you?
At least he's talking this issue up. Outside of him and Paul Ryan... not a single one of the f@#$tards in Washington have said word one about it.
Democrat... or Republican.
....he’s the Defense secretary who’s spreading the blame now and deflecting where it belongs.....politically. The defense of the nation is important, it shouldn’t be an issue in an election year
And you want this issue to go away, ie: "shouldnt be an issue in an election year"?!?
I thought conservatives supported the military and didn't want to see our troops shafted. Looks like I was wrong. Your message is to 'shut the f@#k up' and keep the untenable defense cuts.
..he didn't seem to have a problem six weeks ago....now in front of our troops, blame Congress
He's been talking about it pretty regularly since then. It's only NOW that you noticed it.
And your advice is to just swallow the bilge, sacrifice our soldiers/sailor/airmen/marines, and STFU?!?
That's what I expect out of Obama, not a conservative.
And Paul Ryan's budget was the only peep I've heard from *ANYONE* in Congress about rectifying the problem.
point it out to me ...where did I say that?...what post?....where did I give advice?...especially sacrificing our military?
It's an issue because the Defense Secretary has consistently been speaking about it. And you don't want it to be an issue. As he's nearly the only one raising the alarm (Paul Ryan, the other)... the only way to stop this from being an issue is for him to STFU.
..so from that statement you concluded I'm telling someone to STFU...I'm not conservative.....I'm anti-military....and I want our guys and gals in the military sacrificed?...your post#20
By not addressing the problem, the $1 trillion in cuts *WILL* do just that. And you just told the world that you believe that the issue needs to be swept under the rug.
And that’s done by having those who are raising the issue STFU.
It’s looking like you have no idea of the consequences of your own words, if enacted. (Again, something I expect out of liberal, not a conservative.)
EXACTLY....it's what I said in my post #1...the budget hasn't been addressed in three years, there hasn't been a budget!
These are happening *THIS* year.
100,000 soldiers are being thrown out of the Army *AS I WRITE THIS*. 10,000 Airmen out of the Air Force, as well.
Naval battlegroups are being cut. The number of AF fighter squadrons will be reduced.
And there is a very real possibility of ending the current system of military retirement and health care.
Yet you believe that all this is fantasy because there is no budget? By that notion, our military no longer exists, because we’ve had no budget to pay for it.
If there is no budget this year, there will be continuing resolutions... and they are going to be cut by that amount.
And your view is to sweep all this under the rug for the election!
This should be shouted from the rooftops to all the people of the land!
Whoops. Meant to write:
These are starting *THIS* year.