America’s incredibly large defense budget
makes any claim that the tiny sequestration cuts present a threat
to the nation’s security
look silly. Now that efforts to panic us all have failed to
prevent sequestration from happening, spanking new Secretary of
Defense Chuck Hagel’s first press conference was all about muzzling
his predecessor’s apocalyptic shriekings.
The Associated Press
The Pentagon will not let an impending $46 billion in budget
cuts erode U.S. military power, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said
Friday. He said the cuts will “cause pain” but insisted that they
can be managed without hurting national security.
At his first news conference since taking over for Leon Panetta
as Pentagon chief, Hagel struck a more relaxed tone about the
budget reductions, which are part of $85 billion in government-wide
spending cuts that were taking effect Friday at midnight.
Whereas Panetta had warned of “catastrophic” effects that could
reduce America to the status of a “second-rate” military power,
Hagel said he believed the budget crisis can be managed in ways
that do not put U.S. national security in jeopardy.
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