Congress put a “Gun to the head of Americans,” says Panetta
Shooting off at the mouth
When Secretary of Defense Panetta speaks, he is speaking for himself and for his boss, President Obama. So, in his speech to soldiers, he said “Congress did something stupid,” and “Congress put a gun to the head of Americans.”
Let me translate:
1. President Obama thinks Congress is stupid.
2. President Obama thinks Congress is holding American voters hostage.
Furthermore, soldiers aren’t allowed to make political remarks, but their commander, Defense Secretary Panetta can.
Guns or Butter
Social Security, Medicare, affordable healthcare for Americans, and capital for commercial investment are things Americans need now.
They don’t need or want wars in the Middle East over oil. Sure, we want America secure from terrorists. We want a secure economy at home that is affected by oil.
Therefore, we know our foreign policy must address how to provide energy for the American economy without dependence on foreign oil.
The outcomes that we require include:
100% domestic security for the United States of America
100% economic security
Now, how are you going to accomplish that? Start by explaining HOW. Then tell us HOW MUCH it will cost.
Stop lobbying the troops. That is sufficient for me to say good bye Mr. Panetta.
Mr. President, let’s hear your answers to these questions because that is where the buck stops.
“Defense secretary Panetta blasts defense budget cuts in visit to ship off California coast
Published March 31, 2012
ABOARD THE USS PELELIU – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Marines and sailors on Friday that Congress would be irresponsible if it doesn't act to prevent drastic military budget cuts.
A budget agreement reached last August calls for defense cuts of $487 billion over a decade, a reflection of the drawdown of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the pressure to reduce the nation's deficit.
The failure of Congress' so-called "supercommittee" to come up with at least $1.2 trillion in savings means automatic cuts of more than $1 trillion next January to defense and domestic programs.
Congress "did a stupid thing" in risking the $50 billion in reductions that would kick in next January, Panetta told hundreds of Marines and sailors.
"What they essentially did is put a gun to their heads and the heads of the country," he said.
Answering questions from service members and journalists, Panetta also said the military had made significant gains last year in Afghanistan, where the U.S. is winding down its combat role.
Afghan forces are doing their job in the country and the U.S. strategy of handing over security to them is working, the secretary said.
"We can't let anything, anything undermine that strategy," he said. "Ultimately, it's going to be up to them to (be responsible for) securing their country."
He said the level of violence in Afghanistan dropped last year for the first time in five years and the Taliban was weakened.
Afghanistan's neighbor, Iran, continues to be a threat to U.S. interests, however.
"If Israel decides to go after Iran and we have to defend ourselves, we could be engaged sooner than any of us wants," he said.
It was not clear whether Panetta was saying the United States would automatically be engaged if Israel would attack. It also is not clear if the Obama administration has plans to be engaged with Iran.
"Our focus is on diplomacy and international pressure on Iran. I'm not going to speculate on what would happen in various scenarios other than to say that we will be ready," Carl Woog, Panetta's spokesman, said later.
"The secretary said we have plans for any contingency and we're not going to speculate about timelines or future actions," he added.
Panetta also addressed North Korea's threat to fire a missile.
"They've done this before. We thought we were in a period of accommodation. Now it looks like we're in a period of provocation," Panetta said.
"Our hope is that it is just provocation for the moment," he said.
The Pentagon says the Defense Department is committed to ships like the Peleliu that came under debate when former Defense Secretary Robert Gates questioned whether amphibious capability is becoming outdated with today's enemy anti-ship technology.
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