Skip to comments.US to Cut Carrier Fleet in Persian Gulf to 1
Posted on 02/13/2013 4:08:38 PM PST by katiedidit1
On Wednesday, Panetta laid out a grim list of spending cuts the Pentagon will have to make in the coming weeks that he said will seriously damage the country's economy and degrade the military's ability to respond to a crisis.
Criticizing members of Congress as irresponsible, Panetta said lawmakers are willing to push the country off a fiscal cliff to damage their political opponents.
If Congress doesn't pass a budget, Panetta said, the Pentagon will have to absorb $46 billion in spending reductions in this fiscal year and will face a $35 billion shortfall in operating expenses.
"My fear is that there is a dangerous and callous attitude that is developing among some Republicans and some Democrats, that these dangerous cuts can be allowed to take place in order to blame the other party for the consequences," Panetta said in a speech at Georgetown University. "This is a kind of `so what?' attitude that says, `Let's see how bad it can get in order to have the other party blink.'"
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In separate, highly detailed memos sent to Congress, the military services described widespread civilian furloughs, layoffs and hiring freezes that will hit workers all around the country. Overall, the military will furlough 800,000 civilian workers for 22 days, spread across more than five months, and will lay off as many as 46,000 temporary and contract employees.
The Navy says it will cease deployments to South America and the Caribbean and limit those to Europe.
The Air Force warned that it would cut operations at various missile defense radar sites from 24 hours to eight hours. The Army said it would cancel training center rotations for four brigades and cancel repairs for thousands of vehicles, radios and weapons.
“These steps would seriously damage the fragile American economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe,” Panetta said, adding that the self-made crisis “undermines the men and women in uniform who are willing to put their lives on the line in order to protect this country.”
Obama the Undocumented Moslem/Marxist Tyrant
has send MANPADs to al Qaeda,
and F16s to the Moslem Brotherhood,
money for WMD and rockets to Hamas,
Fast&Furious weapons to terrorists at the US Border,
as he has SACKED the defense of America.
On their knees to him and the Enemies of America,
after which they cash their checks, make money
for themselves, and attend the Senate and House Brothels.
Because it doesn’t get votes from the brain dead.
Republicans cower as Obama and friends destroy our nation and we look helplessly on
Much better to put 11,000 per day on welfare.
Might as well publish our entire Order of Battle, such as it is.
So be it. Panetta plays the same game as the City of Detroit, etc., warning that by not increasing taxes they will face having to lay off cops and fire fighters and cancel essential services, blah blah blah.
The Senate hasn’t produced a budget in 4 years.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) criticized the report itself and the administrations effort as inadequate.
Bottom line the administration failed to comply with both the letter and the spirit of the law. Not only was it late, but the report OMB submitted to Congress today pays lip service to the dire national security implications of these cuts...after a year to consider this crisis, I cant understand why they needed an extra week to produce such an inadequate report, McKeon stated.
I hope that the Repewbicans don’t cave in again. If we go over the so called cliff on March 1 they should wait a few days are start negotiating from a position of strength. I heard Donald Trump say that when you go into negotiating a deal always be ready to get up and walk out.
what else is it?
our republican leaders are right there with him. the ones who hate conservatives amd purged the congress power seats with their little black list.
"Most of the funds some $495.7 million were already set aside for the PA in fiscal 2012, which ended on October 1.
However, a request for an additional $200 million, appropriated for fiscal 2013, was sent to the Congress last week, Nuland said.
Don't you want "peace and security" for the ME? Besides, too much firepower is intimidating our Muslim friends, like it was in Benghazi. We've got to get this money from somewhere. /s
trump ain’t the only one who’s said that.
And how long would it take to re-active all of these assets if/when needed? I feel sorry for the next POTUS - this may be a lost decade. I hope we survive.
We dare call them terrorists. With the Air Force cutting radar and one carrier in the gulf which has two areas that need to be guarded.. looks like Israel is on its own.
Of course Hillary did such a great job of making the middle east so much safer...sarcasm
Service members won't riot and burn down cities if you cut their deployments, training and spare parts.
Not only a treasonous act designed to further endanger our military, but also a built in excuse in case he needs to leave an ambassador and three other heroes left to be slaughtered again.
Remember how Clinton’s inward focus on targeting conservative Caucasian males as the real threat set the stage for 9/11? That’s going to be a cakewalk compared to what the 0bama regime is setting us up for. I will not be the least bit surprised to see us suffer an NBC attack in the next decade (and I don’t mean the usual bad “journalism” variety, either).
Admiral Josh Painter: This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it.
“Might as well publish our entire Order of Battle, such as it is.”
The front door key is under the mat, not in the flower pot.
Love, Obama & Congress.
PS Come on in, make yourself at home, take what you want.