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Published: Wednesday, April 10 2013 6:40 p.m. MDT

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DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Meanwhile, "disability" entitlement roles continue to grow, illegal aliens continue to get welfare, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and studies of snail sex lives and "public funding" or presidential campaigns continue unabated.

One could argue that flight demonstration team shows are good places to cut, but fighter pilot proficiency very quickly decays, and the difference from a lack of proficiency training flights will be measured in lives, and multi-million dollar aircraft lost if war breaks out. And, chances of ware breaking out escalate if our adversaries think us less prepared and weak. Do the madmen running North Korea or Iran this this might be a good time to take on the "great satan"?

one old man
Ogden, UT

And who do we have to thank for that, DN Sub?

Yup. Our Congresscritters. All of them. But most especially those who cry, "Cut spending! Cut spending! Cut spending!" and then slop on even more pork at every opportunity.

Paul H
West Valley, UT

It's really ok with me to see the federal government cutting costs.

dave4197
Redding, CA

This is a good result from sequestration.
We should further reduce defense related spending until we can afford our wants. Let's close and demobilize our European bases in one budget cycle, after all WWII ended around my birthday, and the cold war effectively ended in the mid 80's when Reagan spoke out against the Berlin Wall and regular people tore down that wall. We have no further use for our defense related spending in European bases, let the Europeans pay for those bases, and let us the US use their bases as needed for military practices or for the real thing if that ever happens again. For the present, without any clear or present danger, let's leave those European military bases to our friends in Europe, and stop that spending by us.
The military industrial complex needs to be shaken down, it's overdue by about my age, we can and should recognize the extreme waste of maintaining a war machine with zero clear and present danger from former enemies. Instead we need to ramp up dialogue and diplomacy between us, our friends, and our new enemies. Diplomats are cheap compared with soldiers.

A Guy With A Brain
Enid, OK

@ dave4197 -

Apparently you are one of the foolish people who believes that we are not at war with Islamic extremists.

You may not consider America is at war with them, but it's waaaay obvious they consider themselves at war with America.

However, even in "peace", I will share this:

"In times of peace, prepare for war."

You're welcome.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

@ dave4197; If a diplomat cannot talk from a position of power, what does he have to negotiate with? It's the power of the US military that allows our diplomats to 'walk softly and carry a big stick!'

dave4197
Redding, CA

Awaken, "brain"
We can have more money, resources, assets, to use in your "war with Islamic extremists" after we close down unneeded European bases. Bases full of tanks not needed in Afghanistan. Ports full of ships and sailors not needed in Afghanistan. Airfields not needed in Afghanistan. Military guys who spit shine their shoes, demobe and send them where more needed.
The military waste in Europe needs to stop, in one budget cycle, not in 20 years after 20 studies. The industrial waste from making military stuff needs a haircut. When and if we need to deploy in Europe, they can give us bases and ports.
I detect your brain hasn't noticed the recent "war with Islamic extremists" has used a war room in Florida, guided munitions and now drones from ships in the region (not from Europe), and some fly-overs from bases in the region(that's not Europe).
My point still is, this kind of wasteful spending must be stopped. The nation, and our military, doesn't need to be the world's policman with such a handicap as such waste gives us.

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