Sequestration cuts are deep

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Regarding “Fort Gordon events could become casualty of sequestration” (April 20): Canceled fireworks and fairs are visible reminders of the ravages of sequestration. Yet these cuts are having an even more damaging but unseen effect on our economy and our national security – like termites eating through a house’s structure.

By slowing down or canceling contracts and furloughing workers, these cuts could cause 2.14 million lost jobs, including more than 50,000 in Georgia. They’ve also weakened our military support across the globe. As Iran spins its centrifuges faster, we cut our aircraft carriers patrolling the Persian Gulf from two to one. As North Korea threatens to detonate nuclear weapons, sequestration cuts have grounded one-third of all combat aircraft.

Sequester prevents us from strengthening missile defenses after the North Korean nuclear test. President Obama promised to beef up our missile defense backbone in California and Alaska. Experts say we also need a new interceptor site on the East Coast to stop a nuke from Iran. Sequester cuts could make this impossible.

These mindless cuts are making America unsafe.

Jerry Boykin

Farmville, Va.

(The writer – a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general – is the former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, and former commanding general of both the Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and Special Forces Command, Airborne.)

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ymnbde
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ymnbde 04/28/13 - 08:52 am
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yet we still have NPR

distilling reality for the discerning liberal palate since 1967
with "programming that will be responsive to the interests of the people"
and that interest is what big government says it is, nothing more, nothing less
ahh... subjugating truth to power
only big government would feed it, and it always makes right the hand that feeds it
who needs a strong military anyway

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/28/13 - 09:39 am
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With all due respect to this LTE

Sequestration must happen to start the idiots in Washington, DC to thinking that this nation DOES NOT HAVE A MONEY TREE, OR SHOULD I SAY ORCHARD ! I understand the want to keep the military as strong as possible, but if the truth were known, The U.S. could have left Afganistan when the military left Iraq. This "NATION BUILDING"; at the cost of human lives and billions of dollars, MUST STOP !! Sequestration either MUST continue, OR BE REPLACED BY AN EVEN LARGER FORCED BUDGET CUTS !

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dichotomy 04/28/13 - 12:10 pm
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General, I agree in principle

General, I agree in principle with most of what I read. What I'm missing is the other paragraph with your specific recommendations for reducing spending, maybe even actually balancing our annual budget, and, heaven forbid, actually making a few principal payments on our $17 trillion dollar long term debt.

chascushman
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chascushman 04/28/13 - 03:35 pm
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“Sequestration must happen to
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“Sequestration must happen to start the idiots in Washington, DC to thinking that this nation DOES NOT HAVE A MONEY TREE, OR SHOULD I SAY ORCHARD !”
Mr. Bledsoe, I am little surprise that you are disagreeing with the democrats in Washington. You did say you were a liberal democrat did you not?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/28/13 - 04:15 pm
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Chascushman, even us libs. hate this debt

Some libs. do understand the meaning of "pay your bills". I might be in the minority, but The U.S. Government MUST find a way; sequestration or perhaps; worse solutions that will hurt EVERY U.S. Dept.

chascushman
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chascushman 04/28/13 - 04:42 pm
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“Some libs. do understand the
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“Some libs. do understand the meaning of "pay your bills".”
Then how do you support Obama, Pelosi, Reed and rest of the BIG speeding democrast/socialists in Washington?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/28/13 - 04:55 pm
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Chascushman / Humble Angela ??

I am beginning to believe that you are one-in-the-same ! I do understand that the democrats in Washington, DC love to spend tax payer dollars. All libs. are not blind to this. However, must I remind that this bad economic times started under George W. I am trying to be absolutely fair in my statements and I think my last statement is true. We, democrats and republicans of every back-ground, have got to meet in the middle before this nation is doomed !! Libs. have no interest in ruinning this country, we don't have ALL of the answers, and we agree in the sequester that will hopefully wake Washington, DC as a whole; not just one party !

chascushman
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chascushman 04/28/13 - 05:44 pm
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I am not HA
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“We, democrats and republicans of every back-ground, have got to meet in the middle before this nation is doomed !!”
Mr. Bledsoe, I am not a republican and absolutely not a democrat. I am an independent conservative. There is no “middle ground” with the Obama administration. He has one agenda which is what he calls ‘social justice’ and he will destroy this country in his effort if necessary. The democrats today are not your father’s democrat party. The socialists/communists from the 60s and 70s have taken over the party.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/28/13 - 06:09 pm
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I guess I am not as lib. as people define

I just want to answer the last comment from chascushman. I know technically the "checks and balances" part of our government is the executive, judicial, and ledgislative parts of our government. I believe that Republicans and Democrats must be the checks and balances in Congress. The middle is where the answers are for this nation ! We MUST have the reality; ( the meat ); of these answers to solidify so we can go foreward as a nation. I am willing to admit that clearly I am not as lib. as I have stated. This country's future is in the middle even for the far right and the far left. "I have heard the saying ( give and take ) all of my life. This is what BOTH SIDES have to follow !!

Gone for the day.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 04/28/13 - 06:12 pm
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chascushman,

a very well writen factual, common sense comment. I agree with you 100%.

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nocnoc 04/28/13 - 06:56 pm
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Mindless NO

Carefully crafted to made the MOST media impact YES.

These politicians don't want to stop spending. The mandated budget cuts are doing just that. So instead trimming FAT, they are looking for HIGH PROFILE ITEMS to gain a false sympathy or some concocted excuse to resume the spending business as usual.

What ever happen to the old style RIF's by reducing nonessential personnel?

What about 100 Billion in wasted funds and FRAUD that Heir Obama him spoke of?

Why were the Public safety and HIGH Profile Traffic Controllers effected?

Why did ICE the release of 2500 ILLEGAL CRIMINAL IMMIGRANTS 19 days before the Sequester and then blame the sequester?

Why is recently every time the government screws the pooch, is it the Sequester's fault?

Why is every time the Politico's want to do something it gets approved despite the Sequester?

Why hasn't congress taken a few Sequester Days off and saved us from some stupid laws and Pork Spending that would have trimmed a few billion?

Why are Federal dept. that are being hurt by sequester still advertising OPEN positions and interviewing for them?

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Why is the DEPT. Of HomeLand Security still buying up large amounts of Civilian AMMO despite the Sequester? Isn't 14 years of stock pile enough yet? Heck most of what, has been and is being purchased, to keep it out of the hands of civilians, isn't used by the Federal or DOD type?

No, America is being given a Dog and Pony show and too many are just enjoying the show and drinking the free Kool-Aide to peek behind the curtain and see Real Life.

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burninater 04/28/13 - 06:50 pm
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Why almost half a billion

Why almost half a billion dollars for a tank the Army doesn't want?

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130428/WIRE/130429601/1109/sports?T...

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nocnoc 04/28/13 - 08:31 pm
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Quick history story technology vs war.

Updated to correct a few typo's, not content.
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WWII
Nazi germany spent just over 2/3's of it military budget on technology development to build superior: Tanks Panzer,& Frederna (sp), Jet Aircraft, M-262's, V1-V2-V3 missiles, Vehicles (VW), cannons-88's and etc. The problem was they could not field numbers. The Sherman and T-44 were crude, out matched and ineffective but quickly mass produced and had the numbers for some to still survive the engagement.

Numbers win:

About 100 Cruise missiles for the cost of one B-2 bomber

About 12 M-1's tanks for the cost of the new proposed tank or 40 USSR's T-80's.

20 M-109a2 155 SP's for the price of one MLRS vehicle LOADED.

Look at the AK-47 (1952) vs. the M-16 (1965) which we are already replacing. By the way the AK-47 is still around and in wider use the temperamental Jamming Jenny.

I can go on and on, but the point is too much technology can be just as bad as too little. Too much Technology, instead of cost effective numbers can lose a war. (Vietnam as and example)

The problem is DOD business makes too many business friends of congressmen and senators.

General and Later President Eisenhower, warned us 50 years ago.

Beware of the Military Industry Complex. It needs to war to survive and profit.

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dwb619 04/28/13 - 07:44 pm
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nonoc

Your last sentence said a mouthful.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/28/13 - 08:38 pm
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IKE's Warning.

On Jan. 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower gave the nation a dire warning about what he described as a threat to democratic government. He called it the military-industrial complex, a formidable union of defense contractors and the armed forces.

AKA

The Military–Industrial–Congressional Complex

The sources of the quote

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military%E2%80%93industrial_complex

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/17/132942244/ikes-warning-of-military-expansi...

WalterBradfordCannon
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WalterBradfordCannon 04/29/13 - 08:29 am
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US expenditures on

US expenditures on military

General, I agree with you on the impacts of sequestration. They were poorly thought out, unprioritized cuts, that will do more harm than good. However, it is disingenuous to claim cuts to the military will harm our national security. We spend more on our military than the next 12 nations combined, and at least 11 of them are our clear allies. If we need more money to get the job done, we really need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what job we are trying to do, and whether we really have the resources necessary to do that job. Certainly our national security would be fine if we only spent as large a fraction of our GDP on defense as, say, China (cut to 40% of our current levels), or France or the UK (cut to 60%) or Germany (cut to 30% of our current levels). Our military has to be the least efficient military on the planet to require the spending we give it. Last time I checked, we were not in the business of nation building.

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