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  • McCain on Military Budget Cuts: ‘This Madness Must Stop’

    07/23/2015 1:49:28 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 23, 2015 | Thomas Novelly
    Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R., Ariz.), said the declining size of active duty Marines will struggle as they confront new threats due to decreases in military spending during a nomination hearing on Thursday Morning. “The combination of budget cuts, force reductions, and rising demands on our Marines has reduced readiness, lengthened deployments, cut training and time at home with families, and put the Marine Corps under considerable strain,”McCain said. “This madness must stop.” The committee met on Thursday to consider the nomination of Lieutenant General Robert B. Neller to be general and commandant of the Marine Corps. Sen....
  • Military Spending to be Gutted Under Obama and Hagel

    02/24/2014 3:27:21 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 23 replies ^ | February 24, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    Liberals love spending money, especially when that spending is done by big government using taxpayer dollars. However, there is one area where liberals, who throw out gobs of cash for every breath they seem to take, always find themselves cost-conscious and frugal: the military. Yep, government can spend like a drunken sailor on shore leave, but once the military comes into the equation, liberals act like coupon-cutting housewives. It was announced earlier today that Chuck Hagel has plans to shrink the size of the Army down to pre-World War II levels. It's not just the Army getting whacked as the...
  • Col. Oliver North: 'There is no strategy' to the defense budget that reduces military to pre-WWII...

    02/25/2014 11:17:31 AM PST · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 24, 2014 | Van Susteren/Oliver North
    Full title: Col. Oliver North: 'There is no strategy' to the defense budget that reduces military to pre-WWII levelsVIDEO at link: Ollie North up to the 4:45 minute mark. GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Colonel Oliver North joins us. Nice to see you, Colonel. LT. COL. OLIVER NORTH, HOST, 'WAR STORIES' & FORMERLY U.S. MARINE CORPS: Good to be with you but not on a day like this. VAN SUSTEREN: All right. I was going to ask you two things. Two-part question. First, do we have to make cuts in the military? Is that smart and wise? And secondly,...
  • Army Captain Demands DHS Give Up Their Weapons Of War

    03/25/2013 10:21:08 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 19 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | Mar. 25, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Hestilow encouraged readers to “copy and properly amend this letter to send to your own senators and members of the U.S. House.” The following is his letter in its entirety. The Honorable Senator John Cornyn, State of Texas United States Senate 517 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Re: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and that agencies preparation for war against citizens of the United States of America. Dear Senator Cornyn, It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be...
  • Panetta warns of degraded military readiness from spending cuts

    02/07/2013 6:29:19 AM PST · by Freeport · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | February 6th, 2013 | Tom Cohen
    Washington (CNN) - Furloughed workers, reduced combat readiness, shrunken naval operations and cuts to Air Force flying hours and weapons maintenance. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta listed those consequences as he provided a stark warning Wednesday about the effects of impending budget cuts on the military. The result, he said, would be "the most serious readiness crisis" faced by the military in over a decade.
  • Slashing America's Defense: A Suicidal Trajectory

    01/27/2012 11:28:32 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Commentary ^ | January 2012 | Max Boot
    The U.S. armed forces have spent the past decade fighting two of the largest counterinsurgency campaigns in their history. In Iraq, they have dramatically reduced the threat from al-Qaeda and Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdist Army, and they are now in the process of doing the same to the Taliban and the Haqqani Network in Afghanistan and Pakistan. --snip-- In all, the defense budget could shrink by 31 percent over the next decade, according to Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. That compares with cuts of 53 percent after the Korean War, 26 percent after the Vietnam War,...
  • Budget Buster: Pentagon Unable to Account for “Trillions,” Glain Says

    08/14/2011 10:28:12 AM PDT · by Errant · 37 replies
    Yahoo Daily Ticker ^ | Fri, Aug 12, 2011 | Peter Gorenstein
    The United States military budget accounts for over 40% of the world's annual military expenditures and, at around $700 billion per year, more than 20% of the federal budget. The Federal government wants to curb that spending as part of deficit reduction.
  • Reid’s Sleight-of-Hand Debt Ceiling Plan Guts Military

    07/27/2011 10:14:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies ^ | 7/27/11 | Baker Spring
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling this week. In evaluating his plans for future government spending, it becomes clear that budgeting for prudent defense is considered just another line item. While Americans intuitively know that national security is unlike any other category of federal spending, it is often treated with inherent bias through insider budgeting methods. Congress tends to selectively ignore what are called “baselines” used for comparing different spending proposals. This is convenient if a Member of Congress wants to generate more phantom cuts to appease a core audience—or, worse, to not...
  • The cost of bin Laden: $3 trillion over 15 years

    05/07/2011 7:04:18 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 57 replies
    National Journal via Yahoo News ^ | May 6, 2011 | Tim Fernholz and Jim Tankersley
    The most expensive public enemy in American history died Sunday from two bullets. As we mark Osama bin Laden's death, what's striking is how much he cost our nation—and how little we've gained from our fight against him. By conservative estimates, bin Laden cost the United States at least $3 trillion over the past 15 years, counting the disruptions he wrought on the domestic economy, the wars and heightened security triggered by the terrorist attacks he engineered, and the direct efforts to hunt him down. What do we have to show for that tab? Two wars that continue to occupy...
  • Officials: Belt-tightening will cut Joint Forces Command

    08/10/2010 3:09:03 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 9, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON— The Defense Department plans to shed one of its 10 major military commands as Defense Secretary Robert Gates tries to pare billions from the Pentagon budget, officials briefed on the plan said Monday. Gates wants to eliminate the Joint Forces Command, long a presumed target for belt-tightening, and will also announce Monday that he wants to cut the Pentagon's use of outside contractors by 10 percent next year, The Associated Press has learned. The Virginia-based command trains troops from different services to fight together. Military and other officials described the planned cuts on condition of anonymity because they were...
  • Obama Risks Liberal Backlash on War Funding (John Conyers: Obama's plans "embarrassingly naive")

    04/09/2009 12:31:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies · 1,706+ views ^ | April 9, 2009 | GREG HITT
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to request new funding from Congress for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he risks a backlash from antiwar lawmakers. Mr. Obama is expected to seek congressional approval of $75.5 billion for the wars, perhaps as soon as Thursday. The issue is already raising tensions on Capitol Hill, especially among liberals who are sympathetic to the president's broader agenda but voice concerns about his timeline for withdrawal of troops from Iraq and his plans to beef up forces in Afghanistan. "I can't imagine any way I'd vote for it," said Rep. Lynn Woolsey,...

    04/07/2009 4:09:40 AM PDT · by Scanian · 38 replies · 1,517+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 7, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    GOD bless Bob Gates: Our secretary of defense can't be bought, can't be bullied and can't be fooled. And he values our men and women in uniform. "This is a reform budget," the SecDef stated yesterday as he unveiled the Pentagon's new priorities. He insisted that we must "critically and ruthlessly separate appetites from real requirements." Translation: We need to give our troops the numbers and gear they need, not the gilded garbage defense-industry cartels foist upon us -- on loan-shark terms. Gates appears to have made the right call on every single issue. And, instead of beginning with a...
  • N.Korea 'Spending Hand Over Fist While People Starve'(every colonel or general got a new car)

    07/15/2006 8:44:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 736+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/14/06
    N.Korea 'Spending Hand Over Fist While People Starve' A Grand National Party lawmaker and member of the National Assembly's Intelligence Committee on Friday said North Korea’s budget structure means it can pour money into its missile program while its people are starving. The comments from Chung Hyung-keun came at a meeting of leading party members a day after the North slammed the South’s refusal to continue food aid until it returns to disarmament talks. "We understand that North Korea intends to build up to 17 more Taepodong-2 missiles,” Jung said. "Some people say each Taepodong-2 costs W60 billion (US$1=W954), but...
  • WILL N.J. VOTE FOR A WEAK DEFENSE? (Lautenberg Supports Polls & Not Record)

    10/14/2002 8:18:25 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 3 replies · 160+ views
    NY POST ^ | 10/14/02
    <p>When New Jersey Democrats recycled Frank Lautenberg following Sen. Bob Torricelli's flameout, they probably thought personal integrity had been put to bed as an issue. Wrong.</p> <p>On Friday, no doubt reading from a script prepared by poll-obsessed Dems like Tom Daschle, Lautenberg backed a resolution giving President Bush the authority to act against Iraq. And, in so doing, he repudiated his own 18-year Senate record on national-security issues. Not that it didn't deserve repudiation.</p>

    09/17/2002 7:50:27 AM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 27 replies · 275+ views
    Various Sources Referenced Below | 17 September 2002 | Opposition Research
    DEMOCRATS ARE "PLAYING POLITICS" WITH AMERICA'S DEFENSE Democrats Are Stalling On Defense Appropriations Until Republicans Agree To Democrats' Out-Of-Control Deficit Spending Demands ___________________________________________________________________ PRESIDENT BUSH IS URGING CONGRESS TO SEND HIM THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL FIRST! President Bush Has Called On Congress To Stop "Playing Politics" With Our National Security And Pass Defense Appropriations First. "I have submitted a budget to the United States Congress which makes a priority of our national defense, and I expect the appropriations process to pass the defense bill first. In times of war, I ought to have the defense appropriations bill on my desk...
  • Keyes' Transcipt, 3/21, Part II

    03/22/2002 3:40:25 PM PST · by rdf · 4 replies · 188+ views
    MSNBC | 3/22/02 | MSNBC Staff
    KEYES: As you U.S. troops continue to rout out terrorism around the world, some top military officials are telling Congress that America`s armed forces are spread too thin. But is their problem really a question of resources, or is it a question of strategy? We`re going to get into that in our next half-hour with some special guests from the Congress of the United States. A reminder that the chat room is humming tonight. Debbie says, "Cheney should not reward the behavior of either party by meeting with them." You can join in right now at But before we...