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I'm pretty sure that the majority of Americans would be willing to close military bases and cut defense spending to keep their Social Security and Medicare benefits.

That will eventually filter through to members of Congress. It's also the reason that the Paul Ryan Budget was dead on arrival once good, Christian middle-class voters realized what was in it.


It certainly hasn't filtered through to the current administration. If one listens to Panetta; sequestration will gut US defense capabilities.

As "time went on and the erosion that would take place in our capabilities,instead of being a first-rate power in the world, we'd turn into a second-rate power," Panetta told the committee. "That would be the result of sequester."

Sounds like fear mongering to me. But then its not so surprising to me. The Obama has turned out to be a Dubya third term in war on terror Well actually he has stepped up the war on terror.
Covert drone strikes are one of President Obama's key national security policies. He has already authorized 283 strikes in Pakistan, six times more than the number during President George W. Bush's eight years in office.

As a result, the number of estimated deaths from the Obama administration's drone strikes is more than four times what it was during the Bush administration -- somewhere between 1,494 and 2,618.

Obama has broaden & expanded surveillance portions of the Patriot Act. And now has the right to kill American citizens abroad who are deemed terrorists.And has enacted the National Defense Authorization Act which affords the option to have US citizens detained by the military indefinitely without charge or trial.

Sounds like jingoism to me.
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