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I was truly dismayed at the Feb. 27 Augusta Chronicle headline “Ex-VA executives won’t be punished,” which basically means that if you are employed by the Veterans Administration and are about to be dismissed you cannot be held accountable for incompetence. All you have to say is “I quit” or “I am going to resign. You can’t touch me.”

No wonder the VA is in such sad shape! The VA is run and controlled by a herd of dunderheads.

My real concern is that the secretary of defense wants to downsize our military to pre-World-War-II strength. That really worked well for Franklin D. Roosevelt on Dec. 7, 1941. I am assuming President Obama is working on a “day that will live in infamy” speech. What in blue blazes is wrong with these ignorant morons?

I am quite sure Russian President Vladimir Putin either is quivering in his KGB boots, or he is laughing his fool communist head off. Telling Putin to get out of Ukraine is like telling a child, “Don’t ever do that again!” Half of the Ukrainian people want to be controlled by the Russians and the other half want to belong to the European Union. However, the Communist Party wants both halves, and eventually will have all of Ukraine under their control!

Secretary of State John Kerry (who threw Vietnam medals over the White House wall) has chastised Putin also. Putin was so traumatized that he ordered his army to hold military maneuvers. And North Korea just fired three missiles capable of reaching Japan and South Korea.

I may be a so-called flat-earther, and just a dumb old retired infantry first sergeant, but now is not the time to reduce the capabilities of our military. Remember Pearl Harbor!

My final thoughts are that of Thomas Sowell: “It is hard to imagine a more stupid way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”

Stephen B. McMillan

Grovetown

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deestafford
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deestafford 03/03/14 - 12:27 am
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Ignorance and following the liberal party line...

Ignorance and following the liberal party line was never more evident than today on the Fox News when Democrat Chris Van Halen, a top leader in the House, said cutting the army would not be that detrimental because we still have the navy and the air force to handle things.

What this idiot does not understand, along with others who march shoulder to shoulder with him, don't understand is the only thing that can take and hold ground is the Infantryman. No other type of soldier. No other branch of the armed forces can do it. Only the Infantryman.

This joke we have as the Secretary of Defense spoke the other day to some airmen and soldiers at Joint Base Eustis-Langley and when soldiers questioned him about the proposed cuts in pay and benefits for the military he responded, "You people did not join the military for the pay and benefits, but for a higher calling." Sick. Sick. That's the type of leadership we have in DC. That's shameful coming from Hagel, an ex-enlisted man who along with his brother were wounded in Viet Nam.

Not only would the proposed reductions in the military be shameful if they were going to reduce the country's debt but they are not. They are proposed to go to more welfare and social programs for the less productive members of the country.

The bottomline is this is just a continuation of Obama's plan to weaken the US militarily as he insinuated upon being elected in 2008. Make no mistake...this is just a continuation of what this man has been indoctrinated to do from a young age. The sad thing is he has so many willing accomplices.

The Communist Party, USA must be breaking out the champagne.

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TrukinRanger 03/03/14 - 07:33 am
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you lost all (if any)
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you lost all (if any) credibility when you said Fox News.. might as well pull out the coloring books and bibles.

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robaroo 03/03/14 - 08:03 am
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US Needs to Get Spending Under Control

The deficit is the biggest threat to the US right now. Bad things happen when the checks start bouncing.

As a fiscal conservative, I want the politicians to balance the budget. We can't keep living on borrowed money. I would rather have most of it come from spending cuts, but tax increases will be necessary too.

If you look a chart of where the US spends most of the money, you see it goes into paying interest for the debt we already have, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and the military. You could cut all the other programs to 0 and you would still have a deficit.

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Bodhisattva 03/03/14 - 08:16 am
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The Military Industrial

The Military Industrial Complex thanks you.

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Pond Life 03/03/14 - 08:25 am
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I've noticed that today,
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I've noticed that today, anytime someone uses the term "military industrial complex", "Koch brothers", "corporate welfare", etc. that anything that follows will be mindless, cut and paste liberal talking points with no facts to back them up.

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JimS 03/03/14 - 08:30 am
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As the tepublicans vote down, again, Vets Bil
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And they haven't yet managed to wage another of their free wars of choice in Iran, Thankfully!!

Surprised, Not a freakin bit, Same Ole, Same Ole and for decades, as they've sought to keep the VA under funded thus creating problems they can attack the VA personal about and add to costs in order to fix taking away much needed funds as they seek to privatize for corporate profits, and the wars from! But especially this past decade plus and two long wars and occupations after abandoning the missions and troops quickly after 9/11!!!
Freedom Isn't Free!! We Paid For It!! American Veterans!!

The Cost of War, All Costs, the Responsibility of Those Served
"12 years also is a long time. We now have a lifetime responsibility to a generation of service members, veterans and their families." Dr. Jonathan Woodson 11 Sep. 2013: With 9/11 Came Lifetime Responsibility
Two tax cuts, especially for the wealthy, came with these two recent unpaid for wars, nor the results of, DeJa-Vu all over again! Ignore the many issues, by those served and the families of, no need to fund!

There's only one branch of Government, Federal and States, consistently doing for not only us Veterans' but also the Military personal and their Families, and without the control of the Countries purse strings, combining the Cabinet agencies abilities to help where possible with their budgets and charged responsibilities. That's the whole Executive branch under President Obama. Doing what Congress, State legislatures, in passing feel patriotic support bills that are unfunded, and the people represented by them and served by the Military refuse to do, Sacrifice, especially the wealthy, them 'job creators'!

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too" "not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Republicans: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014

Where were the 'offsets' to federal spending as the rubber stamping, more then the off the books wars with no-bid contracts, was going on and claiming 'patriotism' for?

Long running deficits means long running debt with interest payments, these wars are still not paid for. Meaning much of the already under funded, long republican goal to privatize so the under funding creates problems they can attack, with results to those from two more wars added to our veterans community, is already borrowed, not paid for by those served and they don't demand, neither do they want their representatives to, they should!!

USN All Shore '67-'71 GMG3 Vietnam In Country '70-'71

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DanK 03/03/14 - 08:59 am
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Waste

The military and interest on military debt accounts for more than 42% of Americans' tax dollars. Accountability reviews have revealed that the military cannot account for more than a trillion dollars of funding it received and rampant waste persists throughout the uniformed services. Compared to this kind of waste of taxpayer dollars, cuts to the favorite evils of the GOP, Medicare. Medicade and Social Security, would be a drop in the ocean. If you want to cut waste, this is where to find it.

It's time for the U.S. to get out of the business of policing the world. As Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan should have taught us, occupying foreign territory is no longer a winning strategy in conflict. These three wars were a huge waste of American taxpayer dollars, with zero benefit to this country economically or even in good will.

Cutting military spending should be the *first* priority in any strategy aimed at reducing the national debt.

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seenitB4 03/03/14 - 09:06 am
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Dang

I sure hope we put some smart folks in office next time...looks like we will really need them to clean up this mess.

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Little Lamb 03/03/14 - 09:07 am
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If not now, when?

Though paragraphs four and five in Mr. McMillan's letter have merit, his conclusion doesn't hold water. We pulled out of Iraq and are on our way to a pull-out in Afghanistan. The need for those soldiers pulled out is gone, so the troop size needs to drop.

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Pond Life 03/03/14 - 09:08 am
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"Compared to this kind of
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"Compared to this kind of waste of taxpayer dollars, cuts to the favorite evils of the GOP, Medicare............"

Hmmmmm...who was it that cut medicare to fund the ACA? Who was that?

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Bizkit 03/03/14 - 09:21 am
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Well I was all for decreasing

Well I was all for decreasing defense spending and decreasing the size of our standing army till Obama's foreign policy destroyed our credibility and emboldened Putin to bring back the USSR. That leading from behind goes down in history as a bad idea-just like that nation building crap.

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deestafford 03/03/14 - 10:12 am
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Tax cuts, not tax increases bring money...

Tax cuts, not tax increases bring money into the treasury.

If we froze spending at current levels we would have a balanced budget in about five years.

Let's go back to the Constitution and look at the responsibilities of the federal government and start reducing those not listed as the enumerated powers given to it by the States.

We have become a socialistic style government as far as providing for their needs rather than individual and local responsibility.

We now have a very costly country that believes in liberalism rather than conservatism: Conservatism= Life Style of Freedom
Liberalism= Life Style of Dependency

Under which country as a superpower would the world be a better place? Russia, China, or the America? I would put my money on America. Some country is going to be it and it's best if it is America.

We have been showing weakness as a country ever since Obama went on his apology tour within the first months of his '08 election.

In the eyes of the world a country is either a strong horse or a weak horse. The other countries see us now as a weak horse as Bin Laden did when Clinton cut and run in Somlia.

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seenitB4 03/03/14 - 10:46 am
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Anyone??

Does anyone think we will/can do anything to stop Putin? He will do anything he pleases now....we might as well stick our tail between our legs & crawl on back home..don't even try a weak bark.....dang, I want a STRONG man/woman in office next time. I hope with some military experience....I still like Petraeus, & hope he comes alive again.

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nofanofobama 03/03/14 - 10:48 am
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LETS SEE ...we cut the troop

LETS SEE ...we cut the troop number by 80-100 k and benefits etc...yet we increase spending in entitlements..guess we need more there to pay for the unemployed service people that are to come...to all those who sacrifice for us in the services...thank you..to all who want to cut the military to give the freeloaders more...you all are so ungrateful its shamefull..

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Bizkit 03/03/14 - 11:06 am
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This will also embolden Iran

This will also embolden Iran too-like dominos things will fall against us quickly if we don't watch it. Iran will have their nukes up and ready to go within the year.

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KSL 03/03/14 - 11:15 am
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deestafford
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deestafford 03/03/14 - 11:57 am
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One thing I'm disappointed in is the top level...

One thing I'm disappoint in is the top level general officers being more concerned about toeing the line rather than standing up for what is right for the country and the military even at the cost of having to retire.

What I mean is for the Chief of Staff or the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff not coming out and forcefully disagreeing and explaining what the cuts mean to the military and how it will decimate our capabilities even if they have to retire if they do that.

The other thing is to cow tow to the idea of women in armor and infantry units. I don't know if any of our generals have actually been in ground combat below the battalion level and understand the actual demands placed on the individual soldier at that level in combat. Also, don't base everything on what has happened in Iraq and Afganistan. That is a lot different than the jungles or swamps of the world.

I don't think a Patton or Eisenhower would have stood meekly for this type of situation.

The only thing I can think of that maybe going through some of their minds is, "This is going to happen if I'm here or not. If I'm not here I can't help make it as painless as possible. If I am here I can use my experience and leadership abilities to make it the best that can be under this leftist leadership."

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dichotomy 03/03/14 - 12:16 pm
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We are a nation led by idiot

We are a nation led by idiot socialist appeasers who were elected by idiot socialist appeasers.

North Korea, Syria, and Iran sticking their finger in our eye. We have turned over control of all of the Middle East and North Africa to people who want to kill us. Putin is invading neighboring sovereign countries and rebuilding the old U.S.S.R. China is massively building up it's military forces, especially it's Navy. And we have an open southern border that is experiencing an uncontrolled invasion and with de facto paramilitary forces operating on and controlling American real estate. They all smell weakness......they smell Obama.

What a great time to gut our Army and cut pay an benefits to our soldiers and kill any incentive to participate in our all VOLUNTEER force. Oh, while we are at it, let's punish the military retirees who managed to live through a career and have no alternative to having the cost of their health care, co-pays, and deductibles raised....while we give free healthcare to the dregs of society who refuse to work.

The country has made a wrong turn somewhere and I hope the younger generation will be able to live with the consequences....and oh yeh......brush up on your Chinese, Spanish, and Russian. You're gonna need it.

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Jon Lester 03/03/14 - 12:33 pm
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Putin is not a communist, and unless we make a habit of

inciting fascists to overthrow democratically elected regimes, or sponsoring ethnic separatists in China, a "Pearl Harbor" scenario will remain a very remote possibility, and our nuclear arsenal is likely to remain excessive in size for the foreseeable future.

One more thing: if we find ourselves choosing between Hillary and Jeb in 2016, it will be time to abandon any remaining pretense that ours is a functioning democracy.

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itsanotherday1 03/03/14 - 01:49 pm
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Deestafford

Allow me to play devil's advocate for a moment. Why would we face a situation of needing to take and hold ground? I hope we are never in the position again of going into another country to "take" ground. Stay home and defend our borders, which can be done from the sea and air. Use our highly trained SEALS and other special forces for mission specific tasks like taking out a cluster of terrorists, destroying a nuke plant, etc. Forget this nation building stuff like Iraq and Afghanistan. They hate us anyway, so let them sort it out. If they aren't willing to fight for themselves, they need to be subjugated.

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Little Lamb 03/03/14 - 03:46 pm
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War Is Over

The U.S. Congress declared war on Islamic terrorism. President Obama is declaring victory and bringing the troops home. It is only prudent to downsize the army and let those victorious soldiers enter civilian life.

What is happening in Crimea and Ukraine has nothing to do with Islamic terrorism and is none of our business. Let them alone.

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t3bledsoe 03/03/14 - 03:45 pm
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Pond Life

This is Tim Bledsoe, a liberal that trys to send in a letter to the editor when I can. I see you as a VERY conservative person that I think knows NOTHING about being moderate!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/03/14 - 03:49 pm
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Moderate

Do you remember the Barry Goldwater quote?

“Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”

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Pond Life 03/03/14 - 03:51 pm
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Mr. Bledsoe. Thanks for the
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Mr. Bledsoe. Thanks for the complement. (even though I know quite a bit about being a moderate, I just choose not to be)

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owensjef3 03/03/14 - 03:57 pm
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That's funny.
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That's funny.

deestafford
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deestafford 03/03/14 - 04:02 pm
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Itsanotherday1, Good question.

itsanotherday1, Good question. In every war we or anyone else has fought there has been battles where the enemy has to be ejected from a location (what is called an objective) that is necessary either to the tactical or strategic interest of the attacker (and in some cases a defender).

The air force and navy can strike those positions sometimes totally wiping out the occupiers and sometimes no matter how much firepower is bought to bear the enemy is still occupying the objective. There were many instances of this in WWI, WWII, Korea, RVN, and subsequent battles.

Granted, drones and other systems can be used for "surgical strikes" but they cannot take an objective. Those systems at times make weak politicians feel good by giving them cover that they are doing something.

Armor can attack objectives but it will not do it for the most part without accompanying infantry, usually in armored fighting vehicles, otherwise they are sitting ducks.

No matter how technologically advanced we may become, no war short of a total nuclear war can be effectively fought without infantry on the ground.

Throughout history politicians have always tried to say the new weapons system would eliminate the need for ground forces and it has never held true. Most likely it was said when spears, catapults, air planes, artillery, drones et al came along and it will always be sadly untrue.

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deestafford 03/03/14 - 04:04 pm
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The bottom line in a nutshell is....

The bottom line in a nutshell is Obama wants to take from the Protectors and give to the Moochers.

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justthefacts 03/03/14 - 04:09 pm
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LOL

If Tim only knew.

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t3bledsoe 03/03/14 - 04:12 pm
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Pond Life @ 2:51

I know that Humble Angela would not like this using this format to talk about personal things!! I will try to debate you in the future, as I did so often with Humble Angela!! Wheather or not you are indeed HA, one thing about you IS VERY DIFFERENT from HA, the willingness to aim your comments DIRECTLY AT ME!! I will try to debate you as if you are HA and I do find it refresuring that you seem to be more open than HA was!! Thanks again!! Tim Bledsoe

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t3bledsoe 03/03/14 - 04:12 pm
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Pond Life @ 2:51

I know that Humble Angela would not like this using this format to talk about personal things!! I will try to debate you in the future, as I did so often with Humble Angela!! Wheather or not you are indeed HA, one thing about you IS VERY DIFFERENT from HA, the willingness to aim your comments DIRECTLY AT ME!! I will try to debate you as if you are HA and I do find it refresuring that you seem to be more open than HA was!! Thanks again!! Tim Bledsoe

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