Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has been talking about a 22% reduction in the Pentagon budget. Yet, as I reported yesterday, Panetta is also poised to extend a number of costly benefits to the unmarried partners of gay military personnel. At a time when the rest of the military has to cut their budgets, Panetta wants to spend more money to reward the sinful lifestyles of homosexual members of the military. But mind you, the same benefits are NOT being extended to the unmarried partners of heterosexual military personnel.
So how bad are the military budget cuts that will help to pay for those discriminatory benefits?
Part of that budget reduction involves the decrease in the number of military personnel serving our country. Every branch of the armed forces is cutting back on their active duty rosters. The Marine Corp stands to lose 15,200 from its active and reserve ranks. The Army and Army National Guard will be losing 67,100 soldiers while the Navy reduces its staff by 8,600 and the Air Force by 1,700 for a grand total of 82,600. The plan is supposed to help reduce the Pentagon budget by $487 billion dollars over the next ten years.
Now we are hearing that the Pentagon budget woes and uncertainties are causing the Navy to put a hold on the refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-77). The Navy told Congress this past Friday:
“This delay is due to uncertainty in the Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bill, both in the timing and funding level available for the first full year of the contract.”
“CVN-72 will remain at Norfolk Naval Base where the ships force personnel will continue to conduct routine maintenance until sufficient funding is received for the initial execution of the RCOH.”
Not only is the refueling of the Abraham Lincoln being put on hold, but the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman to the Middle East has also been placed on hold due to the budget issues. The Navy’s most powerful warships are being hobbled by Obama’s economic policies, yet at the same time, they are prepared to spend millions of dollars on benefits to gay partners.
Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee issued the following statement concerning the situation with the air craft carriers:
“Another example of how these reckless and irresponsible defense cuts in Washington will have a long-term impact on the Navy’s ability to perform its missions. Not only will the Lincoln be delayed in returning to the Fleet, but this decision will also affect the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) defueling, the USS George Washington (CVN-73) RCOH, and future carrier readiness.”
When you look at what Obama and Panetta are doing to our military, you would think that they are purposely trying to weaken it and our ability to defend ourselves from attack. But a loyal American President would never do that, would he?