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Opening Arguments

Dear G.I. Joe

You've seen it in the movies: A bitch who is so cold-hearted she sends a "Dear John" letter to her sweetheart while he's in combat. Well, it turns out the United States government is that cold-hearted bitch:

The Pentagon is laying off thousands of military officers, including those serving or who have recently served in Afghanistan.

Defense Department officials said the reductions are the result of mandatory spending cuts imposed by sequestration and are part of their larger plan to reduce the number of U.S. soldiers from 520,000 to 450,000.

Roughly 2,600 captains and other officers have or will be laid off, with more expected, Fox News learned Friday.

The decision to send pink slips to soldiers overseas on active duty is dangerous and bad for morale, says retired Major Gen. Robert Scales.

"Bad for morale" -- gee, ya think? It's bad for my morale, too, to know the military is being gutted. "Imposed by sequestration" -- what a crock. This is just pursuing the progressives' dream of taking money from defense so they can pour down the rathole of entitlement spending. President Obama has never made any secret that he thinks American strength is a problem rather than a solution, and that downsizing us from super power status would be a good thing. Yeah, make us less safe. That'll show us!


Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:55pm

First, if you combine the total defense spending of China, Russia,Saudi Arabia, France, Britian, Germany,  Japan, and India, the United States still outspends that total by $33 billion dollars. Defense spending is 20% of the total budget. If the conservatives whining about America's long term fiscal challanges are to be believed, then the sheer size of the defense budget suggests it needs to be a part of any serious discussion.


Second, military personel are employees of the taxpayer.  When business slows down at any corporation the CEO without hesitation reduces employment to match business needs.  With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, business at the Pentagon is slower.  What's the differernce? Maybe the kick backs the defense contractors use to bribe politicians?

Andrew j
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 6:19pm

Yep it's the old support the guns but screw the butter argument.