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To: SkyPilot
I would make the following points:

1) Sequestration is a done deal. It will happen. Panetta knows this perfectly well.
2) Panetta is telling our enemies: The USA is about to get noticeably weaker; get ready -- now is your chance!
3) Panetta is telling the American people: If you see us refuse to actually use our military, if you see Obama hang back from conflict, if you see us being weak, just blame it all on sequestration; we didn't want it to happen -- really! I swear! -- but unfortunately we just have to be pacifists now and let crazy communists and jihadists run wild without opposition.

3 posted on 02/03/2013 1:37:34 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
1) Sequestration is a done deal. It will happen. Panetta knows this perfectly well.

The Dec-Jan "Fiscal Cliff" was properly touted time and time again as devastating to the economy because of the tax hikes and Sequestration. The Republicans completely ignored the Sequestration part of the equation. It was the Democrats who brought it up, and even they were shocked by that. It is current law, yes. So were the tax hikes. Sequestration was only delayed, and now we are 26 days or so and counting until disaster. And the Congress changed those before they were enacted for most Americans. So, Congress should act now as they did for taxes.

2) Panetta is telling our enemies: The USA is about to get noticeably weaker; get ready -- now is your chance!

Then so is the GOP by doing this!

GOP Embraces Sequester Cuts for Budget Leverage

3) Panetta is telling the American people: If you see us refuse to actually use our military, if you see Obama hang back from conflict, if you see us being weak, just blame it all on sequestration; we didn't want it to happen -- really! I swear! -- but unfortunately we just have to be pacifists now and let crazy communists and jihadists run wild without opposition.

And unfortunately the GOP is empowering that argument. They are setting themselves up for getting the blame for military weakness and for the coming economic slowdown (and it's coming). They won't be able to blame ObamaCare or Obama's policies.

Brilliant!

6 posted on 02/03/2013 1:54:12 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: ClearCase_guy
2) Panetta is telling our enemies: The USA is about to get noticeably weaker; get ready -- now is your chance!

Laughable. Did our increased defense budget (each year to date) save the ambassador? Does a cut of an extra unneeded engine or similar item make us weaker? There may be a problem down the road but sequestration is not going to make Iran build its nukes any faster, is not going to stop Obama from arming Morsi, etc.

12 posted on 02/03/2013 3:14:21 PM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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