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To: RFEngineer
Whatever.

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.

22 posted on 03/03/2013 8:16:56 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

“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.”

It’s pretty simple to say what you “Can Do” big picture-wise. The complex part is what the JCS is doing by saying what we “Can’t Do”

CANT DO ($45B)
- deploy carriers
- train troops
- employ civilians 5-days a week
- etc. etc.

I’d rather say:
CAN DO ($500B++)
Defend the country per constitutional requirement

See how this works? The JCS, God Bless ‘Em, are behaving like a bunch of bureaucratic hacks. They focus on “Can’t Do” rather than saying “Gee, there ought to be SOMETHING we can do with a $500B++ budget”

So spare me the whining of Generals.

Lead or resign. That’s the job of the JCS. I don’t care about anything else.


24 posted on 03/03/2013 9:11:59 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: SkyPilot
It was the Republicans who agreed that the military would take these hits.

But the fact is the Defense Dept is as bloated as the rest of the Government and needs drastic downsizing.

35 posted on 03/03/2013 5:16:16 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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