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Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power
Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2013 5:00 PM EST | Richard Lardner and Donna Cassata

Posted on 02/07/2013 7:41:48 PM PST by Olog-hai

The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they’ve faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday.

Panetta, who is retiring soon from his post, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that if the reductions are allowed to stand he would have to throw the country’s national defense strategy “out the window.” But Panetta also assured lawmakers the Pentagon would take the steps necessary to deal with possible threats in the Persian Gulf region after he approved the Navy's request to halve its aircraft carrier presence in the area.

Anticipating the Defense Department will have less money to spend, Panetta said the Pentagon has already imposed a freeze on hiring and cut back on maintenance at bases and facilities. Those moves are reversible, he said, as long as Congress acts quickly to head off the cuts, known as sequestration, and approves a 2013 military budget. …

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: liberalagenda; panetta; secdef; usindecline
Ain’t it funny how Panetta talks about this now after helping it come to pass.
1 posted on 02/07/2013 7:41:55 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
But Obama has said that the goal is to make us a second-rate power.

We want to be the "best customer" of every third-world tinpot dictator in existence.

2 posted on 02/07/2013 7:44:06 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: Olog-hai

Oh, having sodomites in the barracks and women in combat was going to make us first-rate!


3 posted on 02/07/2013 7:45:01 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Olog-hai

The US is already a THIRD rate power, thanks to Obama.

Too late, Leon.


4 posted on 02/07/2013 7:46:46 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Olog-hai

this is the only possible result when a country is run by first rate A-holes.


5 posted on 02/07/2013 7:48:55 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: fatnotlazy

yeah, huh


6 posted on 02/07/2013 7:49:59 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Olog-hai
Ain’t it funny how Panetta talks about this now after helping it come to pass.

Those early morning SecDef briefings must be pretty nerve-racking for a liberal. I don't blame him from getting out of ground zero territory.

/johnny

7 posted on 02/07/2013 7:52:47 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Olog-hai
Chicken little Panetta is getting a little ridiclous with his "sky is falling" predictions...

United States Military Spending 2012 - $711 Billion

If all cuts went into affect $100 Billion/$10 Billion per year over 10 years.

United States Military Spending 2013 - $701 Billion

Next five highest military budgets by country:

China $143 Billion
Russia $71.9 Billion
UK $62.7 Billion
France $62.5 Billion
Japan $59.3 Billion

I don't think we are in danger of becoming a "second rate" military power anytime soon....

8 posted on 02/07/2013 7:54:15 PM PST by apillar
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To: Olog-hai; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; AuntB; stephenjohnbanker; ...
RE :The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they’ve faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday

FU LP.
You turned the military over to perverts and your holier than thou Boss the imperial President did this to get his debt extended through the election. Maybe you should have told him not to do this in 2011 when he praised the bill and signed it.

You can go to hell!

9 posted on 02/07/2013 7:54:34 PM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: Olog-hai
That's what I was going to say he should know he has done everything he can to make it so.
10 posted on 02/07/2013 7:55:48 PM PST by Americanexpat
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To: Olog-hai

Wasn’t that their plan?


11 posted on 02/07/2013 7:57:49 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Olog-hai

At risk?


12 posted on 02/07/2013 7:58:21 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The Progressive mind...an arid ethical and moral wasteland!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Didn’t Clintons cleaning lady, Maddy Albright, suggest that it just wasn’t fair that we were the Superpower of the World?


13 posted on 02/07/2013 8:04:38 PM PST by digger48
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To: apillar; All

“I don’t think we are in danger of becoming a “second rate” military power anytime soon....”

You are in error. You cannot merely compare dollar amounts to determine relative power. For one thing, we actually pay our military personnel a decent salary...unlike the other countries mentioned except England...which is a 4th rate country now because of its downsizing of its military.

The Republicans in Congress were fools to agree to the sequester deal in 2011. They should have NEVER had DoD to absorb 50% of the cut. Any cuts should be across the board.

Cuts are necessary for the long term health of the country, but these draconian cuts to Defense are a serious short term danger that could harm us permanently.

Peacenicks and Fiscal Extremists both pose a danger to this country. The peaceniks just want to destroy the military because the oppose “military action.” The Fiscal extremists just want to cut spending, regardless of the consequences. I consider both to be enemies of the people.


14 posted on 02/07/2013 8:12:11 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Olog-hai

Is he for it or against it? I suspect most of the White House is for it.


15 posted on 02/07/2013 8:17:38 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Olog-hai

To hell with Second Rate Power. Let’s just jump straight to Third Rate Power. Think of the extra money we’d free up for Obama to buy votes and set himself up as Dictator for Life.


16 posted on 02/07/2013 8:21:27 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Olog-hai

Elect second-rate representatives - become a second-rate power.


17 posted on 02/07/2013 8:41:19 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: Olog-hai

Obama has placed muslim terrorists in control of Egypt and Libya and soon, Syria. He’s totally promised a Muslim war against Isreal. We had Russia send nuke subs into our coast line in the Gulf and Russia invaded Japan’s air space with war jets. China has invaded Japan’s water terrority with war ships.

In the meantime, Obama is cutting the US miltary power by spreading us thin into Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, and cutting the DOD budget. He’s left the borders wide open knowing Al Quada is built up in central and South America. He’s open a flood of immigration for jihadists from terrorist states. He’s been caught arming the cartels in Mexico (who are associated with muslim jihadists).

He’s got us and our allies set for WWIII...to be seriously harmed. As Obama’s vengeful, jealous black racist “Christian Reverend” would say...”America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” Massive corruption, invasion, systematic Marxist cultural cleansing and orchestrated, self destructive immorality and stupidity is never a great thing for a people. Add to that a deeply divided and demoralized nation (orchestrated by the community organizer in chief) suffering serious natural disaters and drought. Did I mention a boat load of TREASON or that our soldiers are killing themselves?


18 posted on 02/07/2013 8:46:29 PM PST by SaraJohnson (m)
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To: Olog-hai

This is so pathetic. This is the kind of rhetoric we hear from a small city police chief when the city manager threatens to downsize his department by one man. I say go ahead and cut. Call his bluff. Pardon my language, but this man is a pussy.


19 posted on 02/07/2013 8:53:47 PM PST by Katiana Kalashnikova
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To: sickoflibs

Panetta is a radical. He’s jumping ship now that his Dear Reader has organized WWIII against the demoralized US and our allies. Before Obama, he was on the team that aided Clinton to crash the economy/middle class with a fake, inflated real estate market via crooked loans.

What he is doing is giving an excuse for Obama when our weakened and demoralized military fails in the upcoming, orchestrated when WWIII. Obama can blame it on those evil Republicans who cut the budget.

And people are stupid enough not to notice that he empowered all our enemies and purposely demoralized and weakened our military by converting them into peace corp slaves to empower Muslims.


20 posted on 02/07/2013 8:56:02 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: mrsmel

Communists would call that demoralization.


21 posted on 02/07/2013 8:57:08 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Olog-hai

A second rate Defense Secretary was at the helm during Benghazi.


22 posted on 02/07/2013 8:57:14 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Olog-hai
Why is Panetta quitting NOW?
23 posted on 02/07/2013 9:39:38 PM PST by Texas Songwriter (THA)
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To: sickoflibs; lentulusgracchus

Maybe he can convince some of those super patriotic gay soldiers to work for free?


24 posted on 02/07/2013 11:58:20 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: apillar

Right.

One might, with some degree of plausibility, claim that these cuts will degrade our ability to meet our military obligations or goals.

But for them to make us a “second-rate power” would require that one or more other countries suddenly outclass us.

Which isn’t going to happen.


25 posted on 02/08/2013 2:13:34 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: sickoflibs

You can go to hell!


You bring up an interesting thing about my attitude since the last election. It’s almost like I WANT them to get their way so the world can see where it leads.


26 posted on 02/08/2013 4:56:43 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Olog-hai

85 billion dollars cut from 4 trillion dollars outlay is going to transform us into a second rate power?

What a crock of Obama.


27 posted on 02/08/2013 6:35:28 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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