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Defense Secretary Gates maybe getting ready to leave……

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That’s the only conclusion the Dog can see in his latest crusade…..

I thought he was good pick to stay on…..

And he HAS done a good job…..

But I’ve had my misgivings about some programs that he has cut….

And how he has handled a few things…..

Marine One and the Refueling Tanker programs….

And taking the C-27J from the Army completely…..

I know Obama asked him to stay around for a while…..but he’s gonna be gone pretty soon….

Why do I say that?

Because he’s now vocally complaining that CONGRESS is giving the nation’s military TOO MUCH money and benefits…..

That isn’t gonna make him any friends on Capital…but it sure is gonna make him enemies…….

And he’s one guy against a lot of Congressmen and women…..

…..from both parties…..

Congress has been so determined to take care of troops and their families that for several years running it has overruled the Pentagon and mandated more generous pay raises than requested by the Bush and Obama administrations. It has also rejected attempts by the Pentagon to slow soaring health-care costs — which Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has said are “eating us alive” — by hiking co-pays or raising premiums.

Now, Pentagon officials see fiscal calamity.

In the midst of two long-running wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials are increasingly worried that the government’s generosity is unsustainable and that it will leave them with less money to buy weapons and take care of equipment.

Clifford L. Stanley, the undersecretary of defense for personnel, told a Senate committee in March that rising personnel costs could “dramatically affect the readiness of the department” by leaving less money to pay for operations and maintenance. Overall, personnel expenses constitute about one-quarter of defense spending.

“Both sides of the aisle are trying to send a very clear message to our military that we appreciate their service,” said Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and chairman of its military personnel subcommittee. She said the Pentagon needed to do a better job of setting priorities. “We end up with a false choice — are we going to fund weapons or are we going to fund people? The reality is, we need both.”

The Pentagon’s attempts to rein in personnel costs have also run into opposition from powerful lobby groups. “Any attempt to link rising military personnel costs with shrinking military readiness is total nonsense,” Thomas J. Tradewell Sr., leader of Veterans of Foreign Wars, said in response to Stanley’s comments in March.

Advocates for troops and retirees say the main reason for the increase in wages is that they were way too low to begin with. In the late 1990s, after the military had been whittled down in size from its Cold War peak, studies found that service members earned about 13 percent less than workers in the private sector with similar experience and education levels……

Like I said….This is bad politics for Gates……

In February, the Pentagon abruptly shut down a new tuition-assistance program for military spouses after it was overwhelmed with applicants. Defense officials had set aside $61 million for the program, which reimburses tuition costs of up to $6,000 per person, but discovered they might need as much as $2 billion to satisfy unexpected demand.

Congress chastised the Pentagon for mismanaging the program, which has since resumed, though defense officials aren’t sure how they’ll pay for it.

Gates is gonna be looking for new job pretty soon if he keeps at this….

Wait and see…..

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8 Comments »

  1. the Secretary of Defense has become a VERY political office

    Obama is failing miserably as CIC so the Secretary of Defense is being floated for replacement

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 7, 2010 | Reply

    • That is crazy…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  2. gimme a break tim. i think gates is doing a ok job. i think deputy defense secretary lynn would slide into the top job ok. obama has been a good commander-in-chief. as compared to who? shrub/bush.

    Comment by Terry Green | May 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. Obama as CIC IS doing fine…

    He has good numbers from the public on Iraq AND Aftgahnistan….

    Remember Bush’s numbers????

    I just think Gates is about to run into a buzzsaw….

    Politicians may not like the war….

    BUT NOBODY IS GONNA CUT BENEFITS FOR THE TROOPS!

    Gates is gonna get into trouble…and Obama is gonna have to let him go if he pushes this…

    Mark my words…..

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 7, 2010 | Reply

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  5. Obama as CIC IS doing fine…
    —————-

    I suppose if you support having the nation primed and weak for attack and pillaging

    then sure Obama is doing fine

    but if you dont like that then

    OBAMA IS DOING HORRIBLE

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 8, 2010 | Reply

    • You’re gonna have to live with him for while….

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 8, 2010 | Reply

  6. crazy

    is your decade long continuation that WE had no prior knowledge about 09.11.01 style attack

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 8, 2010 | Reply


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