“And all five 4-star Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs (I even sent you the PDF link to the actual letter - you ignorned it), and Rep “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Senate Armed Service member Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen John McCain (R-AZ), and Rep Jon Runyan (R-NJ), member of the House Armed Services Committe, and anyone else who still has their sanity.”
Whatever. In the end, the cuts are minor, and the budget for DoD still well exceeds $500B. So these guys can say whatever they wish, but they exhibit the “can’t do” attitude of everyone who depends on government.
What you never answer (and I don’t blame you for ignoring it) is what CAN we do for $500B to defend the country, since a minor reduction results in catastrophe, according to you, Obama, and the JCS?
If that is your answer to me, then that is my answer to you.
It is an interesting tactic you adopt - you refuse to acknowledge something as simple as a PDF letter signed by seven 4-star Generals to the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (Rep "Buck" McKeon) back in January of this year, but then you want me to detail line by line the justification for four military services, hundreds of missions, and millions of personnel.
The military is completely answerable to Congress. The House and Senate Appropriations bills have to justify everything. If there are systems to be cancelled or troop strength taken down, it is in there. Currently, the Army must draw down 179,000 troops, the Marines some 25,000, and the Air Force some 36,000 before Sequestration.
In the same vein that you demand answers from me, I would like to you detail the justification for Entitlement spending in the same vein, starting with the houses that begin with the letter "A." I would like a breakdown of how much is spent on eating out at restaurants, how many EBT cards are spent on luxury items, and how much alcohol and cigarettes are purchased with Social Security money, and how much is spent at casinos.
The military will be forced to operate with a lesser budget - it already is. But the Sequester is NOT the way to go about it.