Don't forget Both Panetta and Dempsey Warned Obama and the Democrats about Cutting Defense. They said it would be a threat to the Country, evidenced.....
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned senators Tuesday that they can’t expect to fix the nation’s financial problems on the back of the Pentagon.
Panetta, a former budget chief and House member, said Congress should focus on new taxes and entitlement reform to lower the budget deficit, and said additional defense cuts will endanger the nation’s security.
“You can’t meet the challenge that you’re facing in this country by continuing to go back at discretionary spending,” Panetta told senators at Tuesday’s Senate Budget Committee hearing.
“That’s less than a third of federal spending,” he said. “If you’re not dealing with the two-thirds that is entitlement spending, if you’re not dealing with revenues, and you keep going back to the same place, frankly you’re not going to make it, and you’re going to hurt this country’s security,” Panetta said.
While Panetta has offered similar warnings in the past, his lecture on Tuesday was delivered in unusually blunt language to Congress. And while Panetta’s appearance in the Senate Budget Committee was rare for a Defense secretary, it was not an unfamiliar setting for the former budget chief who served under President Clinton.
Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey have said repeatedly that the military cannot withstand an additional $500 billion in cuts to defense spending on top of the $487 billion that is currently being reduced over the next decade. The additional cuts are set to take effect in January 2013 through sequestration, which was triggered by the supercommittee’s failure to reach a deal to cut annual deficits.
Panetta has called the sequestration cuts taking a “meat-ax” to the military budget, and said Tuesday it was “designed as a gun to the head.”
Dempsey said “we would not any longer be a global power” if sequestration takes effect......snip~
Panetta to Congress: Don
Told them in the Senate budget hearing in Feb of this year. Then Clinton told Obama the Same thing. That's all it took, so you know they were going to Ride lock Stock and barrel with it. Notice even Panetta told them until they hit Entitlements. Aint happening. Any Reason Obama can't Figure that part out yet?