Pentagon letter to Congress: Inaction has pushed us ‘to the brink of a crisis’

Leon Panetta

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

If events in the Middle East and North Africa since Sept. 11 of last year have taught us anything, it’s that the world has become a very dangerous place for Americans and we can ill afford to let our guard down. Yet that is precisely what we’re doing.

The purpose of sequestration was to force Congress to address the nation’s mounting debt. It placed a guillotine blade over the military’s neck, and if Congress doesn’t act, the lever would be thrown and the blade would fall.

Congress hasn’t done its job, and a hand is resting on the lever, ready to act.

We can’t say we haven’t been warned.

Seeing the handwriting on the wall, Congress last year attempted to send out layoff notices to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification – or WARN — Act but was told to hold off by the administration.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta sent a warning to congressional leaders weeks ago, and got nothing in return.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the nation’s top military officials sent a joint letter to congressional leaders, advising them that their inaction has pushed the armed services “to the brink of a crisis.”

The Post article quoted the letter as saying “that troops in combat and those who are being treated for wounds will get the funds needed” but that remaining operations would be “severely compromised” if Congress fails to pass a 2013 military budget.

“We are on the brink of creating a hollow force,” said the letter, which was signed by the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and National Guard, as well as the chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A copy of the letter was provided to the Associated Press.

Aside from Congress’ failure to pass a budget is the even larger concern of sequestration, the automatic, across-the-board budgetary cuts that would take effect in March if Congress and the president are unable to pass budgetary reductions.

U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., said the dilemma should serve as a “wake-up call” to Congress and the White House.

“The condition of our armed forces is swiftly declining. And this is the first red flag on what could be a hazardous road for our national security,” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said according to the Post.

We’ve been receiving wake-up calls for months, but Congress and the White House keep hitting the snooze button.

The preamble to the Constitution states that a fundamental reason for establishing “a more perfect union” is to “provide for the common defense.” We’re falling far short of that goal.

Read more at The Washington Post.

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  • Samantha

    I think that Obama and his Administration is doing whatever they can to decapatate this country. They are destroying our country from the inside out and are succeeding. These people who are ever so obediantly bowing down and hanging on every word they say are joining in on the destruction of this country. Are these people who where born and raised in this country free to do and live as they please, Anti- American? It seems to be so. Why are they so bent on the destruction of this country? Well, Without America they can not "Rule The World" as they say. We of just a few are the only ones with liberties and a constiution of which provided us with unlimited protection for our selves. When they attack our Constiutition they attack every single american in this country. Now, It seems to be that the government acting on not applying our military with the funding it needs to protect us, Is exactly what thay want and are doing exactly that. What a better way to leave us ungaurded than to unfund our military system makeing them defiant to the government. WIth out funding how can the military even do that?, Well, Only to replace the non-used military system with the already set anti-american police force that obama and his administration has set aside for totalitation. What a better way to enslave us but to defund everything from the inside out and only make the funding for the anti- american groups for destruction. I know that this is hard to fathom or believe that our government can do this to us, but It seems that they are doing everything they can to enable us from our freedoms our creators endowed on us many years ago.This should be enough to wake the people up to what is going on and things that are being put into play by our very own government, But it is not that way at all. So many people turn a blind eye to what is being achieved by our government because they do not want to "upset" our President and adminsitration or be called a "Racist" because they stand up to him and tell him no that he can not destroy our country. Thousands of americans will proudly bear that scar of "Racism" to protect our country and the citizens within it. I however, agree. It is a small burden to bear for our freedom of which so many people have burdened more worse scars than that. It is a small price to pay for our rights, freedoms and liberties. We all need to wake up to obama and his adminsitrations tactics for the destruction of this country. Every one who support them are wanting "free things, the ability to get something for nothing". Well, these thing are not free you have to work for them just the same as respect. You can not get something for nothing. Everything has a price to pay. Those who want this is and has been duped. You are paying something for these things. You are paying with your rights, freedoms and liberites. These are what keeps you safe, able to do as you please, able to say what you want, able to dress as you want, able to protect yourselves, able to watch t.v and play video games, able to talk to people next to you or on the phone or over the enternet. Those who support them are slowly giving away their rights and liberties, And for what,? A free cell phone or what ever they are whinning about because they think the government owes them. Sorry but the government does not owe you anything. No wonder people can not move forward because you won't let the past stay in the past. This is why people do not take them seriously because you bring up things that have absolutely nothing to do with this generation at all. I am sorry but I do not want to spend the rest of our lives in death camps, medical information intrapment camps or being murdered because the want to rule everything just like Hitler. Get your heads out of your butts and wake up and put a stop to this. If you think that you wont go through this because you voted for him, well guess again because you are already going through it and you were the first hit by it. Obama and his Adminsitration does not like any american not even the black community and this has been shown throughout the past 4 years. He has a debiltating addiction to destroying everything about us even the black community. Our congress needs to step up and do their jobs or be forced by others to leave their post and duties as acting in our government. If they do not do their jobs then all will have to leave their posts and duties as acting within our government. I am sure that they love what they do or they would not be there at all. Now they have to love their country enough to hold it high and save it from the danger of collapseing. When this country is gone their is no going back to what we had because everything will be lost. We need to stop it now before it gets out of control.

  • sunflower

    All the more reason to keep our guns. We may one day have to defend our neighborhoods.

  • KB Cook

    and the Alinsky-plan-that-has-more-flexibility-after-re-election moves FORWARD. Elections DO HAVE consequences … and we are just getting started with our consequences. Buckle up your seat belts, America; it's going to be a bumpy night.