posted on May, 7 2013 @ 02:59 PM
reply to post by benrl
Taken with the previous scrapping of U.S. Air Force training by 1/3rd, Naval grounding of it's aviation right down to little things like the Blue
Angels and related cuts in very public ways...already felt? I do tend to take him at his word. If this came in isolation, I'd agree...but it's not.
It's coming in line to a string of announcements both in the military and out of Sequestration related cuts.
Most of that is political in that men won't die over it. This? This is something where the consequences could be catastrophic ...for just another
political move. Well.... It wouldn't seem to be. Not much at all.
Recall, the worst thing is, Sequestration was the idea of the White House, however much a failure of Congress to stop after it was put in place. It
was then a law signed by Obama, in his own hand, this year to take effect. It's a law he could UNDO as well...but will not.
* A bit more for context
The residents of the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia, with its large military presence, are on edge: sequestration is going into
Sequestration is the term for the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts the federal government must make by September, including $42.7 billion
in Defense Department cuts.
According to the above video report from WHRO correspondent Cathy Lewis, which aired March 28 on the PBS NewsHour, the Navy had to cancel a six-month
deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in order to reach its spending reduction targets, giving the 5,000 sailors just a few days'
Before the sequestration deadline passed, and Congress was still struggling to make a budget deal to avoid the mandatory cuts, Deputy Defense
Secretary Ashton Carter told Judy Woodruff Feb. 20 on the NewsHour that in addition to furloughs, sequestration meant cutting back on military
training for conflicts other than Afghanistan.
The USS Truman was solved by the sheer level of 'you've gotta be kidding me' embarrassment it caused almost overnight to sideline a United States
Aircraft Carrier for budget cuts ...in a Pentagon burning over a half trillion a year. However, as that notes...it wasn't a fabricated issue. The
sailors assigned to her had gotten their word of a cancelled deployment.
I figured word from one of the top Army commanders was more credible, not less so....but that's PBS. They're about as non-military as it comes in most
As noted...I'd be much happier to see the U.S. leave Syria to the Syrians...Leave Iran to the Iranians and leave that whole region to those who live
there. It's not our fight to join or meddle with. It never has been our place. If we are going to "play" in the Sandbox though, we better have the
Funding tanks the Army is BEGGING Congress to stop making..while cutting training? Is flat wrong. Funding other new programs while training is being
cut? Is wrong. In over a half trillion dollars of places to cut, I was afraid it would come down to cuts right on the heads of the men and women
tasked to do the work. It would appear that is bearing out for truth.
(In full disclosure ...I HAVE family in the United States Armed Forces...and it's why this is more than 'just another story' to me)
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