11:03 AM, Feb 26, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The New York Times reported Monday that congressional Republicans were split on the coming defense budget sequestration, with many in the GOP suggesting the cuts ought to go through because "fiscal questions trump defense" Now, more than 70 foreign policy experts, including prominent Republicans and Democrats, have signed a letter drafted by the Foreign Policy Initiative that urges congressional leaders to act and stop the sequestration. A copy of the letter is running as an ad in Tuesday's print edition of Politico.
"Sequestration will result in unacceptable risk for U.S. national security," the letter reads. "It will degrade our ability to defend our allies, deter aggres- sion, and promote and protect American economic interests. It will erode the credibility of our treaty commitments abroad. It will be a self-inflicted wound to American strength and leadership in the world. History will not look kindly on this abdication of responsibility, but will hold accountable the President and the Congress who together chose such a dangerous course."
Read the full letter and see its signatories below:
On Tuesday afternoon, President Barack Obama will meet with Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have been outspoken about halting the sequestration and maintaining the defense spending threatened by those cuts. Graham told CNN he hopes to speak with Obama about sequestration.
1:48 PM, Feb 8, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The planned cuts to the defense budget as a result of the sequestration could mean reductions in benefits fo active members of the military and their families. Adam Kredo reports:
3:01 PM, Nov 29, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called plans to sequester $600 billion from the defense budget “totally destructive” and “very dangerous to the survival of the country.” The cuts, scheduled to begin in 2013, will automatically occur because of the supercommittee’s inability to cut $1.2 trillion over the next ten years from the federal budget.
1:56 AM, Oct 12, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Tuesday's debate, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney once again made clear that he thinks cutting defense spending is a bad idea, even at a time when he supports reducing the size of government. The former Massachusetts governor was answering a question about the debt deal supercommittee.
If the secretary of defense won’t defend defense, who will?12:18 PM, Aug 17, 2011 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
There is a certain irony, as well as much truth, in Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s drumbeat of warnings about the consequences of further cuts to U.S. military budgets of the sort threatened under the current deficit reduction law.
12:09 PM, Aug 16, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an op-ed at foxnews.com, John Bolton defends defense:
The risks of debilitating cuts to our national-security budget will be a critical issue for Congress when it reconvenes after the August recess. While the media focus as Congress adjourned earlier this month was on the big-picture implications of the legislation lifting the federal debt-ceiling, we cannot lose sight of the difficult -- and imminent -- struggles just ahead in September.
12:41 PM, Aug 15, 2011 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
With the congressional “supercommittee” – or, to be precise, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – now complete, the stage is set for a very high drama indeed. Now comes the moment when Americans must confront the costs of remaining the world’s sole superpower, the guarantor of an international system that has created a generation of great-power peace, widespread prosperity, and unprecedented human liberty.
10:01 AM, Jul 28, 2011 • By ROBERT ZARATE
“Extraordinarily difficult and very high risk.” That’s how General Martin Dempsey, the Army’s chief of staff and Obama’s pick to chair the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bluntly described proposals by the president and certain lawmakers to cut national security spending by anywhere from $400 billion to $1 trillion or more over the next decade.
11:43 AM, Jul 21, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
The foremost obligation of the federal government is to provide for the safety of the American people. Yet as the budget debate continues, it’s becoming increasingly clear that certain politicians want to trim the defense budget in order to repurpose money for social entitlement programs, such as health care reform, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. A new white paper, titled “Warning: Hollow Force Ahead,” which has just been released by the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the Foreign Policy Initiative, warns of the negative consequences of a thinner defense.
9:22 AM, Jul 18, 2011 • By JAMIE M. FLY
One of the least covered aspects of the debt limit negotiations has been defense spending. Obama administration officials and congressional Democrats have indicated that the White House would like to include significant defense cuts as part of an eventual deal, even beyond the $400 billion in cuts to security spending over the next twelve years that the president announced in April.