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Hello, Sequestration: Supercarrier’s Deployment Postponed Because of Budget Fears
Pajamas Media ^ | 02/07/2013 | Bridget Johnson

Posted on 02/07/2013 6:58:10 AM PST by SeekAndFind

The effects of the looming sequestration are already being felt at the Pentagon as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delayed the deployment of two ships to the Persian Gulf region.

The supercarrier USS Harry S. Truman and the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg were scheduled to leave Norfolk, Va., for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

“Facing budget uncertainty — including a continuing resolution and the looming potential for across-the-board sequestration cuts — the U.S. Navy made this request to the secretary and he approved,” said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little. “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.”

“The United States will continue to maintain a robust military presence in the CENTCOM region, including the current carrier presence and a mix of other assets, to fulfill enduring commitments to our partners,” he added. “The U.S. military continues to stand ready to respond to any contingency and to confront any threat in the region.”

Sequestration cuts were pushed to March 1 in the New Year’s Eve fiscal cliff deal, but no deal has yet been struck to avoid steep cuts that Pentagon officials warn would gut national defense.

The congressman who represents the Norfolk port said the announcement is “an early indication of the challenge our region will face if sequestration is not averted.”

“I urge the President and the Senate to consider these alternatives passed by the House to avert sequestration. The seriousness of this situation cannot be overstated,” Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) said. “These cuts have the potential to devastate our region and, as we can see by today’s announcement, the impact on our community and our forward presence has already begun.”

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.) — joined by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — today unveiled the Down Payment to Protect National Security Act of 2013, which would prevent a further round of cuts in Fiscal Year 2013 from hitting our military as a result of sequestration, beyond the $46 billion reduction already imposed over the last two years.

“Yesterday, the President opened the door to a short term resolution of sequestration, but his proposal is unbalanced, irresponsible and unacceptable. Moreover, he never suggested that his proposal was intended to buy time to fix the real drivers of our debt,” McKeon said.

“Another round of cuts required as a result of full sequestration would devastate our Armed Forces. Republicans don’t want to go into sequester, but the President will force us there if he insists on a plan that shirks his responsibility to the troops, that is bad for national security and bad for the economy.”

The Senate Armed Services will hold a hearing Tuesday on the sequestration cuts, with testimony from Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, and leaders from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and National Guard.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: defense; military; sequestration

1 posted on 02/07/2013 6:58:17 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Typical democrat ploy to make spending cuts hurt.

For example, firing teachers instead of expensive back-office administrators to prevent Education cuts, laying off police and firefighters instead of changing to halt pension reform, releasing prisoners instead of cutting back government.

They play these games all the time. How about shuttering a couple of bases in countries we haven’t been at war with since 1945. No, instead let’s prevent a deployment to a current hotspot. Totally irresponsible and manipulative.


2 posted on 02/07/2013 7:03:22 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: SeekAndFind

This is pure BS. The Pentagon has become politicized. It is a blatant attempt to put pressure on the Reps to cave on increasing revenue (read taxes) to stave off cuts to defense. Obama is behind all of this. He stated flatly that sequestration wouldn’t happen and he assured the defense contractors it would not by advising them not to send out the WARN letters required by law to their employees.


3 posted on 02/07/2013 7:03:31 AM PST by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind

“...so we pulled into Cyprus to refuel but our BP card got declined...”


4 posted on 02/07/2013 7:04:36 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Fine. You cut our budget, we’ll throw a tantrum and put the country’s security at risk.

School districts do the same thing. Oh, you reject our tax increase? Fine. We will cut your favorite program.


5 posted on 02/07/2013 7:05:22 AM PST by DManA
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Maybe they should quit paying $56.00 a gallon for “green” fuel, might save some money.


6 posted on 02/07/2013 7:11:54 AM PST by Caribou ( www.ktok.com Red State Radio free streaming.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sequestration cuts the defense budget by half a trillion dollars over ten years. Obama will cut the defense budget by half a trillion dollars over ten years, no matter what. It is unlikely that Obama will be allowed by the few remaining adults in the Democrat party to do both.

Therefore, it's a smart move by the Republicans to simply sit back and watch. Obama has already blinked once by asking for another short delay. Just pop the popcorn and see what develops.

7 posted on 02/07/2013 7:15:01 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: SeekAndFind
Guns or butter has been redefined into "Aircraft carriers or Obama-phones."

Not really a tough cut to make.

8 posted on 02/07/2013 7:31:00 AM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: SeekAndFind
“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.”

Update names as appropriate.

9 posted on 02/07/2013 7:31:44 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: cotton1706

Typical of bureaucrats everywhere.
City coffers short of cash ? Close the playgrounds, city parks, etc. Don’t dare touch the office bow wows that sit three deep.


10 posted on 02/07/2013 7:32:32 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Stop garbage collection, police patrols, ambulance and fire responses, while still paying the staff in those functions is the game. Government workers and shutdowns = paid vacations.


11 posted on 02/07/2013 7:44:43 AM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: blackdog

>>>Guns or butter has been redefined into “Aircraft carriers or Obama-phones.”
Not really a tough cut to make. >>>

How true.


12 posted on 02/07/2013 8:52:45 AM PST by kitkat (Storm the heavens with prayers for our country.)
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To: blackdog
Panetta did not mention that he could save money by not going to the west coast every week end... at a cost of 28k each trip....so he could be home with his family..
13 posted on 02/07/2013 8:54:55 AM PST by JoanneSD
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

The Dems in Indianapolis used to pay for trees and cultural trails and then say they had to up taxes to pay for police and fire protection. The GOP mayor is paying for gay partner bennies and green cars, but can’t find money for said police and fire. It’s all about your priorities.


14 posted on 02/07/2013 9:32:06 AM PST by redangus
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To: SeekAndFind

In 1907 Teddy Roosevelt wanted to send the Great White Fleet around the world. Someone told him that Congress would only authorize half the money needed. He said something like “Fine, send the ships out. Let Congress figure out how to get them back”.

We should send these ships out and then see how long the government diddles if they run out of supplies in mid-ocean.


15 posted on 02/07/2013 10:09:54 AM PST by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: blackdog
Guns or butter has been redefined into "Aircraft carriers or Obama-phones." Not really a tough cut to make.

Amen.

Romney was not my perfect choice, but if he was in charge right now we would not be living this nightmare.

God help our nation.

I am scared to death of something blowing up in Syria, Egypt, or the Korean peninsula. At the same time, we are de-funding a Constitutional enterprise (Defense) at the expense of give away programs.

I am also convinced the IQ of the average US voter is not 100, but about 80.

Most people have no idea what a precarious position the US and the world is in right now: economically and politically.

16 posted on 02/07/2013 3:44:23 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SeekAndFind
Our enemies are laughing at us. From laughter to derision. From derision to lack of fear. From lack of fear to boldness. From boldness to disaster.

Buckle up, gird your loins, we are entering a new era.

5.56mm

17 posted on 02/07/2013 3:53:54 PM PST by M Kehoe
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