AMERICA'S DEFENSE AND SECURITY.
Extremely important issues.
The assignment of the committee set up after the debt ceiling and deficit reduction talks came to a diabolical end, has come into question once more; whether the committee, now known as the "Super Committee", could do the job of reducing the national deficit by $1.2 trillion dollars, as it was meant to do.
Its members of 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans, all members of the United States Congress, have a deadline to meet, which was just a few day away from now; Nov. 23rd., 2011, and they have had the whole nation holding its breath, if they could come up with a decision and arrive on realizing the proposed amount, without permitting any party hindrances to interfere with their deliberations.
Many were thinking that there was no need to hold their breath, because they would have their lungs bursting out, and then dying for no good reason at all, as the Super Committee was incapable of reaching an agreement. It was just a photo-copy of the erstwhile debt ceiling and deficit reduction caper; a prank.
Yet, the seriousness of their decision could be seen in the assessment of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, that if the members failed in their duty to get a consensus, his department would be at a risk.
The military would be short handed in every aspect, in its operation and performance now and in the future, if the "trigger" measure that would come into effect after the deadline, was allowed to materialize.
The so called cuts would be coming from the entitlement programs, namely, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; but they would also affect Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's department, which was already experiencing reductions from the past.
The Trigger method was automatic and nondiscriminatory; and so, it could cut disproportionately into any section of government spending. If that should happen, it was possible that it could make the reductions to be so haphazard, and in effect, throw the whole issue into a tailspin, whose end result could not be predicted, except that it would be chaotic.
The military could end up in getting the severest cut, and that would be disastrous for the nation's defense and security. It would bring the number of military personnel and equipment down to such a point, where its (military's) effectiveness could be unpredictable or even be jeopardized.
His warnings appeared in an article in Fox News (11/15/11), which made very interesting reading; but it also pointed to the Super Committee reaching a compromise before the due date, as being extremely critical.
Kicking the can down the road was not an option for the committee, at this particular point, when there was time for the two parties, Democratic and Republican, to redress their political grievances, and solved the issue at hand, to save the nation from any number of troubles in the future.
The world was becoming a more dangerous place each and every single day; and the committee could not afford to let the U.S. military down, for it to effectively defend America's vital interests, both at home and abroad, whenever any such occasion arose.