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Pentagon delays deployment of carrier to Mideast over budget woes
Reuters ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | David Alexander

Posted on 02/06/2013 2:53:37 PM PST by mdittmar

(Reuters) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delayed deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group to the Middle East due to budget uncertainty on Wednesday, hours after warning that financial concerns were a threat to U.S. security.

The outgoing Pentagon chief delayed the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier and the USS Gettysburg guided missile cruiser, which were due to leave Virginia later this week, because of uncertainty over the department's finances, Pentagon spokesman George Little said.

"Facing budget uncertainty ... the U.S. Navy made this request to the secretary and he approved," Little said in a statement. "This prudent decision enables the U.S. Navy to maintain these ships to deploy on short notice in the event they are needed to respond to national security contingencies."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
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budget uncertainty?

What budget would that be?

1 posted on 02/06/2013 2:53:43 PM PST by mdittmar
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2 posted on 02/06/2013 3:06:27 PM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: mdittmar

These are scary times, folks. For the Navy especially: you know—the principal service responsible for our “pivot to the Pacific.” The Navy will reduce the number of shipd in operational use yet again this year. Worse, Navy will defer serious maintenance on ships and aircraft. All our services are in similar boats, so to speak.

TC


3 posted on 02/06/2013 3:07:27 PM PST by Pentagon Leatherneck
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4 posted on 02/06/2013 3:07:29 PM PST by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: mdittmar

“What budget would that be?”

Yeah, no kidding, since there hasn’t been one in what, over four years?

A neutered USA, anti-Israel, Middle East blowing up, gee, what could go wrong next?


5 posted on 02/06/2013 3:13:10 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: mdittmar

Hussein loves a weakened United States.


6 posted on 02/06/2013 3:16:05 PM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: mdittmar

A major chess piece taken off the board.

Interesting timing, eh?


7 posted on 02/06/2013 3:16:05 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: mdittmar

Interesting that Fearless Leader has mismanaged our economy so damned brilliantly that we can’t maintain National Security.


8 posted on 02/06/2013 3:20:32 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Jyotishi

It is the net result of the great bastard destroyer showing his love for America.


9 posted on 02/06/2013 3:22:05 PM PST by himno hero (hadnuff)
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To: mdittmar

Arabs are dancing in the streets - again!


10 posted on 02/06/2013 3:27:49 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: mdittmar

Arabs are dancing in the streets - again!


11 posted on 02/06/2013 3:27:49 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: mdittmar

Arabs are dancing in the streets - again!


12 posted on 02/06/2013 3:28:01 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: mdittmar

Troubling. not because of the budget - we’ve got enough money to deploy the carrier - out of a $500B budget - this is an excuse and a show to get more money from taxpayers.

This tells me that the Pentagon brass is now willing to compromise their solemn duty to the American people in order to pretend that a carrier cant sail if you cut their budget 10%.

What wouldn’t they do, if they take their duty to defend America so lightly, and indeed, if they decide to openly declare hostilities against taxpayers who decide not to pay for any more government.

This is a very troubling milestone. Do we now have a merely “passive aggressive” military?


13 posted on 02/06/2013 3:28:35 PM PST by RFEngineer
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“When we lose the next war and an American boy is writhing in pain in the mud with a Japanese bayonet in his belly, I want the last words that he spits out in the form of a curse to be not against Douglas MacArthur but against Franklin Roosevelt.”


14 posted on 02/06/2013 3:34:53 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: mdittmar
"Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delayed deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group to the Middle East due to budget" political "uncertainty on Wednesday,..."


15 posted on 02/06/2013 3:49:30 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: mdittmar
let me get this straight... it's a NUKE so it runs no matter what, the crew gets PAID no matter what, so WHAT is the savings???
16 posted on 02/06/2013 3:50:59 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Nachum

This is a BS call by Leon.

Theatrics at OUR national security expense.


17 posted on 02/06/2013 3:53:11 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Chode
I do not believe that this is a matter of propulsion. Every one of our sailors has to eat. They need their clothes washed, and someone has to clean up the mess on the ship.

Have you been fortunate enough to see the flatbed semis come alongside at the docks? Everything costs money. Semper Fi

An Old Man

18 posted on 02/06/2013 4:03:45 PM PST by An Old Man (IMPEACH>>>IMPEACH>>>IMPEACH)
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To: An Old Man
they have to eat and wash clothes whether at sea or tied up at a pier... i guess the biggest cost savings would be the escort ships that actually burn fuel
19 posted on 02/06/2013 4:13:05 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Pentagon Leatherneck
For the Navy especially: you know—the principal service responsible for our “pivot to the Pacific.” The Navy will reduce the number of shipd in operational use yet again this year. Worse, Navy will defer serious maintenance on ships and aircraft. All our services are in similar boats, so to speak.

The military budget is not being cut. Its growth is being slowed down.

This report is just like the county executive complaining that if taxes aren't raised, he'll have no choice but to end ambulance service and police patrols. It's political baloney.

The Pentagon has a whopping budget. Do you really believe they have no choices about how it's spent?

20 posted on 02/06/2013 4:17:59 PM PST by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: Chode

We could send them out with the Air Wing and not let them fly. If we expected them to actually fly and maintain day/night quals expect to refuel JP-5 twice/week for a total of 4-5 million gallons. Equipment tends to break when it’s being used - electronics, weapons systems, pumps. If you’re not at sea, you don’t need to replace them.


21 posted on 02/06/2013 4:20:58 PM PST by GreyHoundSailor
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To: RFEngineer

“...Do we now have a merely “passive aggressive” military?”

You be the judge. Under Obama their new motto is, “US NAVY: A Global Force For Good”

_______________________________

This does seem passive aggressive. Can anyone interpret what this is supposed to mean?

“Sometimes we rush in after the storm.
Sometimes we are the storm.”

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=us+navy+a+global+force+for+good&qs=AS&sk=&FORM=QBIR&pq=us%20navy%20a%20glo&sc=1-13&sp=1&qs=AS&sk=#view=detail&id=4A54FC4B459205B47BE840C743391ECC090A1B05&selectedIndex=5


22 posted on 02/06/2013 4:33:18 PM PST by 444Flyer (Obama killed the Twinkie, but not the terrorists in Benghazi. What's wrong with this picture?)
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To: GreyHoundSailor
yup, yer right...
23 posted on 02/06/2013 4:42:51 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: mdittmar
Below is a portion of the released statement of Pentagon Press Secretary George Little: "The secretary of defense has delayed the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and the USS Gettysburg (CG-64).

Whatever happened to the days when it was nobody's G.D. business where navy ships were, or weren't?

24 posted on 02/06/2013 5:58:15 PM PST by Dartman (Mubarak and Gaddafi are going to look like choirboys when this is over)
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