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Defense Secretary Warns Against Budget Cuts

August 4, 2011 by  

The Defense Secretary says cuts to defense spending would harm the country.The United States Secretary of Defense said that cuts to the Pentagon’s budget would present grave risks to the nation’s security.

White House officials estimate that the $1 trillion in cuts that are to happen immediately will take about $350 billion from the Pentagon over the next 10 years, according to The New York Times. In addition, the bipartisan committee that is charged with cutting an additional $1.5 trillion from the budget could cut defense spending, although a senior Pentagon official told the newspaper that he thought that was unlikely.

“I would expect them to focus on entitlements and taxes,” the official said.

However, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wrote a letter to personnel in the Department of Defense saying that if the committee could not agree on cuts, “it could trigger a round of dangerous across-the-board defense cuts that would do real damage to our security, our troops and their families, and our ability to protect the nation.”

The newspaper reports that the coming months will be full of disagreements about cuts to defense spending.

The Defense Department’s budget was $680 billion in fiscal 2010, according to MarketWatch.

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    Panetta. Blah. Whoever wanted Panettea to be the head of the CIA (and now the DoD) would have settled for Bubba Bill Ayers running the CIA. I’m surprised that Panettea didn’t find a better way to make himslf look like the MIC owns his rump.
    I suppose you could say that Panetta is a closet hawk, but that would be about as naive as saying that Bummer is also a closet hawk. I’m still waiting to hear how much Panetta gutted the CIA to make himself seem as though he cares about America’s security.
    A progressive is a progressive is a progressive. Even Bummer’s healthcare scam can’t turn a self-serving milktoast into a wolverine.

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