With troops removed from Iraq (only a short distance away in Kuwait) and the pressing message from the administration to get out as soon as possible in Afghanistan, the budget analysts are licking their lips in hopes of gutting the US Defense Department's budget. Defense Sec. Leon Panetta has gathered a large contingent of "number crunchers" to begin the process of "down-size the armed services". After reviewing the suggested changes, it appears that our retired and medically retired service members will be punished the most. Was the recent retirement pay increase of 3.7% for 2012 an omen of increased fees and increased costs? Every conflict we do the same thing, we build up our armed forces and when we believe that there is no longer a threat we begin to carve to the bone the budget. Cut personnel, weapons, aircraft, naval ships, and everything else. Toss everything out the window while Iraq is about to blow back up, Afghanistan is not secure, Iran goes nuclear, China is slowly making it's geo-political influence in the Pacific, North Korea has a clueless leader with a stockpile of nuclear and bio-chemical weapons, the list goes on. Let's cut all the contractors, service members, and civilian defense workers, and increase the cost for those already who have served in harms way to ensure we save some cash. Apparently there is no more worries, all the bad guys are gone. Everyone out of the pool.
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