“These cuts, while significant and harmful to our collective mission as an agency, would not necessarily require immediate reductions in spending…I do not expect our day-to-day operations to change dramatically on or immediately after January 2, 2013, should sequestration occur.”— Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a message to the Pentagon on Thursday. Apparently the "doomsday" fiscal cliff is a gentler fiscal slope.
Leon speaks with forked tongue (in addition to his loose lips). To the Pentagon everything's cool, no need to upset morale. But to the Press Club on Dec 18 it was Lyin' Lion Leon, playing the "troop card" that has always worked to keep the warbucks flowing. . excerpt:
"Wherever I visit our troops, wherever I visit our troops, they make clear their concern about those cuts. What does it mean for them? And what does it mean for their families? It is unacceptable to me that men and women who put their lives on the line every day in distant lands have to worry about whether those here in Washington can effectively support them.
"We're down to the wire now. In these next few days, Congress needs to make the right decision and to avoid the fiscal disaster that awaits us. My hope is that they will do the right thing and that we will achieve a bipartisan consensus on deficit reduction and the trajectory of defense spending in the future. Otherwise we will weaken this nation in the minds of our allies, our partners, and our potential adversaries, and undermine the work and the sacrifices that our troops are making every single day. "
The Honorable Mr. Panetta can live in denile all he wants, but the fact is that his budget is getting cut. And for good reason too.