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Budget Cuts Could Force Army and Marines to Cut 200,000 Troops

By John McCormack | Feb 27, 2013 | The Weekly Standard

Many conservatives and Republicans are greeting the looming sequestration spending cuts with a collective yawn. "The much-ballyhooed 'sequester' is a cut of $85 billion in a nearly $4 trillion federal budget. Good, let’s do it," writes one contributor to National Review Online's symposium on sequestration.

It's true that sequestration is a tiny cut to total federal spending. But it is also true that sequestration is a major cut to defense spending.

According to the House Armed Services Committee, the 2011 Budget Control Act (the law that imposed both spending caps and sequestration) will force the Marine Corps to shrink by 25 percent--from 202,000 Marines to 145,000. What's more, "by the end of calendar year 2013, less than half of our ground units will be trained to the minimum readiness level required for deployment," Marine Corps commandant James Amos testified to Congress this month.

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Cut them all

Cut them all

What a shame...

that only 200,000 are being cut!

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I see we still have a few statists around here.

So 'Merica won't be safe unless we have hundreds of thousands of men and women living at our expense to protect us from evil boogeymen living in caves or dirt poor farmers half way across the world?

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Oh it's okay, the 200,000

Oh it's okay, the 200,000 troops will be replaced by 10,000 drones.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Aren't the

cuts just cuts to increases in budgets? I don't think they would actually cut anything. It's like when they say that Clinton balanced the budget when government debt actually increased through his presidency. When the hell are we going to see a REAL cut that actually cuts the increase and also the base spending?

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So let me get this straight ..

Rather than start by accounting for and stopping the bleed out of least 200 billion dollars a year (at least!) ..

From obvious fraud - abuse of funds - double / triple / quadruple billing - handouts as perks - and all of the sheer theft and waste through incompetence ...

They're just going to fire the troops.

Does that about size it up or am I missing something here.

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No, you got it right; same as

Same as how when the central bankers ruined the economy, they got bailed out, while the common man had his house stolen.

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I am for a smaller more

I am for a smaller more efficient military. Where would these returning military personal find jobs since most of the jobs created by the Obama administration are government jobs? Sending these men and women back two or three times is insane. More U.S. military personal have committed suicide than died in both Iraq and war in Afghanistan.Something you never hear on the news or the number who died from exposure to depleted uranium dust or those who developed cancer from exposure. Iraq women know because 500,000 babies were born deformed because of this.

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Remember the day before 9/11

Remember the day before 9/11 when Donald Rumsfeld announced to congress that the Pentagon could not account for 2.3 trillion dollars. It wasn't but a few months later when the Inspector General of the Pentagon said that the U.S. military cannot account for 25% of what it spends. He stated that this did not just happen once but happens annually with their allotted budget.

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Oh yeah. We're not the only ones that remember.


wonder how many marines

Wonder how many Marines saw that and said "Thank God". Read story not long ago about soldiers serving their commitments, trying to leave then being called back for more service despite them wanting to get out the military and be back in America.

I though about having the military pay for my medical school and was warned by a Navy doctor that I'd better be interested in a full career b/c even though they say my requirement is 1 yr per year of school payed, they can and will call me back for the max 8 more years after I do what I owe them.

Many in our "volunteer" army have finished the time they volunteered for and are being held in against their will - cut those salaries and let these men/women come home.

So sad.

200,000 of our young servicemen forced to come home and not fight and die for the corporatist's wars.

so in the mean time we will

so in the mean time we will give terrorists in syria 60 million...
lol. And not to mention 20 f16's to the muslim brotherhood in Egypt...


Too bad these are just empty threats.

why is this front page?

I say slash the military, yesterday!

I used to think that the troops were just generally used and abused, but ive come across some soldiers who clearly have it too good off the taxpayer. its no surprise that, like all other govt employees, the soldiers are eventually overcompensated as well.

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I smell a lie. Can you find

I smell a lie. Can you find it? It'll probably be a lie of omission sourced from a falsely fixed destiny of allocated money. On the other hand, it could also just be an outright lie. I just can't tell which kind of smell it is yet, but there's a lie in here somewhere.

Good...That's the POINT!

It's about time the Neo-Con, war-mongering, Arab-haters get their due.

If we weren't mis-using our military (by occupying every square inch on earth) we wouldn't need that many troops.

The U.S. military is being used as the biggest welfare program in the world.

Because if we were minding our business and not policing the world we could get by just fine with a military about 50% the size it is today.

Don't get me wrong, I want the most advanced military on earth. I have the utmost respect for our military when used to defend this country.

But what do 50,000 people do in Germany all day?

1. They protect Germany so the Germans can grow their economy to the richest in the world.

2. They spend U.S. taxpayer money on the German economy

The same goes thing for Japan, Korea, Phillipines, Okinawa, Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel etc etc. who depend on us defending them.

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Wow, why don't they cut their

Wow, why don't they cut their billions spent on research for bigger and better weapons, we are 25 years ahead of the closest behind us, and that's a fact

deep down

We know the answer to that

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maybe the US will shut down a few of the 700 bases

we have in 130+ countries.


Don't hold your breath waiting for that!



given that the sequester cuts are but .02 of every $1.00

...that means we have 10 million on the taxpayer dole in the Army and Marines alone....wow....that's quite a defense force....or...that's a lot of red coats we may have to defend ourselves against with the guns they allow us to keep...

Good, we don't need them

Good, we don't need them anyways. They could be doing other jobs that actually create wealth instead of one that destroys it.

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Good, hopefully they will join the Militia of the Several States

What better place for them to end up than the "Militia of the several States".....

Sounds good to me

Maybe the government is looking to get rid of people in the Military who actually take their oath to the Constitution higher than an illegal order from a commander or even the President!!!

Wonder if that's the actual reason they are looking to "lose because of funding" people they may already have earmarked as not with the "program" and don't want in the military.

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Wait a minute...

Sequestration reduces the increase in the growth of federal spending, it doesn't "cut" anything. Just more scare tactics by both parties and the American people still believe it's true...congress is cutting spending.

It's a scam.


Utter BS

Every time, every time, any cuts are mentioned the Rethuglikans convince their sheep followers that the military will be slashed so they need to compromise.

It is so old.....yet obviously still works.

Just in the intro it is blatant:
""by the end of calendar year 2013, less than half of our ground units will be trained to the minimum readiness level required for deployment," Marine Corps commandant James Amos testified to Congress this month." Really....well more than half have already done combat tours. Are they going to stop recruiting and shut down basic training? Of course not. This idea of "readiness" is a word tossed around DC by military brass to get funds, that is all.

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Walter Jones is coming out against this

Jones Acts to Stop Harmful Cuts to Military and ENC Bases

'I have long led the fight to cut federal spending, but devastating our military is not the way to do it,' said Jones. 'If these cuts go through, there could be additional, significant cuts to end strength, as well as a reduction in procurement of essential new tools like the F-35. There could also be dramatic cuts in healthcare and other benefits and services for members of our armed forces, and potentially another BRAC round. That’s just not acceptable for Eastern North Carolina, or quite frankly, America.'


isnt he for

A general reduction in scope of combat activity.

There have to be savings in that