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The Right Way to Cut Defense Spending

Rocky55 Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 9:00 AM
The debacle in Somalia that culminated in "Blackhawk Down" can be laid right at the feet of Les Aspin. He denied the military leaders in charge of that action the armor they needed. The result - dead Americans. This kind of scenario has just been repeated in Benghazi. The diplomats and the miltary asked for more security capability. They were turned down. The result - more dead Americans.
Republicans, and many Democrats, are upset by the prospect of so-called sequestration cuts to the nation's defense budget. Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is so alarmed that the day before the Senate took up what became the "fiscal cliff" agreement, he called a key Republican lawmaker, Sen. Lindsey Graham, to express deep concern that the cuts might go into effect. As it turned out, Congress put them off for two months.

Sequestration would force the government to reduce discretionary spending by about $1.2 trillion over the next decade. Roughly half of that, or $600 billion, would come from defense -- a...