10:52 AM, Aug 10, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
“We have already cut defense … about 30 percent over the last 10 years, and we’re still at war. We’re actively involved on multiple continents in real combat operations. We should not be drastically reducing our troop levels.”
That, as Bradford Richardson of The Hill reports, is the position taken by retired Admiral and former NATO Supreme Commander James Stavridis who:
… also disagreed with the president’s recent decision to pull the sole remaining aircraft carrier patrolling the Middle East out of the Arabian Gulf.
“We have 11 active nuclear aircraft carriers today in the United States Navy. It is hard for me to understand why we cannot manage a fleet of that size to maintain an aircraft carrier at all times in regions as dangerous as the Arabian Gulf.”
These are times of increasing stress on a military that is being stretched dangerously thin, which is a temptation to our enemies. Including the Russians who may not be as capable as NATO forces but:
… within small, tactical spaces, … can still be extremely disruptive. We have to stand firmly against them to deter them.”
Tough assignment in a time of 30 percent cutbacks.
Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By GARY SCHMITT and THOMAS DONNELLY
America’s chattering classes seem at last to have awoken to the fact that the U.S. military ain’t what it used to be. Even the New York Times allows that “the Pentagon’s proposals to reduce the Army to pre-World War II levels” could “seem unsettling to a nation that prides itself on having the world’s most capable military.” It could also unsettle the world, and most of all those allies who rely on the United States to keep a variety of dangers at bay.
7:36 AM, Feb 26, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
News broke this week that under a plan released by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the United States Army will be reduced to its smallest force since before World War II. Though not directly related to that plan, another announcement this week by the Defense Department gives, perhaps, a taste of what those cuts may look like. Plans are underway for massive cuts to the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), the organization that has led military's efforts to combat a weapon of choice among insurgents and terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world. JIEDDO's current staff of 3,000 will be reduced to 1,000 by the end of this fiscal year, and further plans could see the number fall as low as 400 down the road.
12:11 PM, Sep 16, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If the public is to understand the full awfulness of the sequester, it seems that it must first suffer. So, as Eric Katz reports at Government Executive, the FBI will be furloughing agents and cutting costs in a way that, according to its departing director will:
9:33 AM, Aug 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A local Texas affiliate, KCBD, reports that 49 employees of Covenant Health Systems will be laid off due to Obamacare:
8:48 AM, Aug 14, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The effects of the sequester would be dire. Or so we were told. The massive furloughing of bureaucrats across all agencies and departments would result in cutbacks, or even elimination, of essential services. The bonds on civilization would be strained.
10:29 AM, Jul 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The grocery store chain Wegmans is cutting health care benefits for part-time workers because of Obamacare, WHAM reports:
Buffalo News reports:
7:52 AM, Mar 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Forget the sequester. If you're Chuck Schumer, there are ways around it. Consider the recent example of a U.S. Marine Corps band cancelling its scheduled performance at a St. Patrick's Day parade due to the "sequester"--and Chuck Schumer's successful "push" for the band to come anyway.
Tours cancelled.3:13 PM, Mar 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Buildings in the same complex as Vice President Joe Biden's official residence in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Naval Observatory, will be closing doors to tour groups due to the mandatory budget cuts of sequestration.
"There is nothing just or virtuous about protecting a stale welfare state that is failing the people it is supposed to help."1:52 PM, Mar 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a sharply written statement, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama blasts President Obama for campaigning and not governing. He calls Obama's response to the sequestration "the most cynical behavior I have seen during my time in Washington."
7:06 AM, Feb 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a letter to congressional leaders organized by the Foreign Policy Initiative, national security leaders says, "stop sequestration now." The letter is signed by former senators Norm Coleman and Joe Lieberman, former defense secretary Bob Gates, Bill Kristol, and many others.
10:27 PM, Feb 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The U.S. military announced today that instead of keeping mulitple aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, only one would be kept there. The reason offered? Uncertainty surrounding budget cuts.
"The secretary of defense has delayed the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and the USS Gettysburg (CG-64), which were scheduled to depart Norfolk, Va., later this week for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility," says the Pentagon in a press release announcing the big move.
8:19 AM, Jan 8, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Juan Williams and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News: