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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, 10 months ago

    And just out of the picture is the Mt. Everest of social welfare spending that dwarfs that…

  2. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, 10 months ago

    @Enoki

    Hmmmm, one budget is for killing and destroying everything and the other is for keeping people alive.

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, 10 months ago

    @Darsan54

    No Darsan, one is for killing people with weapons the other is for killing them just as dead with kindness.

  4. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    “America is a RELIGIOUS based country! Just ask yourself..WWJB?”
    “Who Would Jesus Bomb?”

    That’s what the far right would have you believe!Cheney thinks cutting the military back is a mistake. I guess he speaks from his experience in the service.Oh wait…he got 5 DEFERMENTS during Vietnam, so he didn’t have to go. He even said he got his wife pregnant specifically so he could avoid the draft.

  5. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 10 months ago

    No kidding. Join the rest of the world instead of fixing to subdue it.

  6. Duane Ott

    Duane Ott said, 10 months ago

    Scaling back our military needs to be done, but it needs to be done carefully and thoughtfully. The first President Bush cut too deeply after his success in Iraq. Who knew that his son would need the extra 50,000 soldiers( the Surge) that should have been sent in the first place. Had “W” listened to his first generals, he could have closed out the Iraqi campaign and brought the military home before his administration ended. That would have probably cut over a trillion dollars(a conservative estimate) from the cost and made scaling back less urgent. We need to examine which cuts will be most effective for saving money and maintaining a ready military. This means looking closely at each program and not just flailing away at the entire structure.
    Argument for welfare cuts follows the same argument. It needs done but carefully and effectively.
    Actually, there is a argument here that applies to our entire government.

  7. Enoki

    Enoki said, 10 months ago

    @masterskrain

    Like the Obama administration speaks from experiance? Obama never served. I doubt he could pick an M-16 from an AK 74. Hagel is pick for Secretary of Defense was a sergant in the Air Force.

  8. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    Sadly, too many "Con"gressmen are making WAY too much in bribes and payoffs from Defense contractors in their districts to allow for many real reductions.
    How many brand new aircraft and tanks are going directly from the builder to storage yards because they HAVE to be built, even though the Pentagon says they DON’T want them, or need them?

  9. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Enoki

    Could shrub tell a 1911 .45 from a Glock?
    What does that have to do with anything?
    Besides, when Obama was in College, the was no draft.
    Cheney did all he could do to avoid it.
    Hagel was an enlisted man, the people who REALLY know what’s going on, the ones who have to deal with the nitwit officers.
    It was like that in the Navy, that’s for sure…

  10. Enoki

    Enoki said, 10 months ago

    @masterskrain

    masterskrain,
    Yes, I would think that Bush knows the difference, unlike Obama. What that has to do with everything is that Obama is a military illiterate in both technical and strategic knowledge. He knows nothing of foreign policy as applied using military power.
    True, there was no draft when Obama graduated from high school and, his addmitted drug use may have precluded military service had there been. But, Cheney was never President and is not in public office today so he’s really irrelevant for the most part.
    Hagel was a junior enlisted. He didn’t deal with officers. He did what the senior NCO’s, ones like me, told him to do. Senior NCO’s know deal with officers and are the technical experts in the military not junior enlisted like Hagel.
    If you were in the Navy as you imply, you should know that. Some E-1 to 5 doesn’t deal with officers much. The Chief’s do. That’s why they wear Khaki.
    .

  11. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    @Enoki

    So a couple of months in the National Guard in Texas before he left to go to work running a friend’s election in Louisiana made Baby Bush a military genius? I THINK NOT!
    That is why ANY President has the Joint Chiefs, to be advisers on military matters. Besides, even Eisenhower had Military Advisers, since the nature of warfare and military operations is ALWAYS changing, and the knowledge that someone might have in the service is pretty well outdated by the time they could become president.

    Also, if Cheney is “Pretty Irrelevant Today”, as you say, why is he raising so much fuss on the talk shows? Who cares what Dr. Evil has to say?

  12. Quipss

    Quipss said, 10 months ago

    @Enoki

    You mean that massive 10% of government budget spent on welfare

    Or maybe the whooping 3% of GDP, Those horrific moments where 3 cents on the dollar is spent on trying to help people at varying degrees of need

    http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/percent_gdp

  13. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 10 months ago

    @Duane Ott

    Actually, Bush II did NOT need the surge, because we did not need to be in Iraq in the FIRST place.
    Otherwise, agree with general reasoning.

  14. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 10 months ago

    @Enoki

    You wrote: “the Mt. Everest of social welfare spending that dwarfs that…”
    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Defense and “international security assistance” = 20%
    Benefits for veterans = 7%

    Social Security doesn’t count, because we pay in money for that.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/07/everything-chuck-hagel-needs-to-know-about-the-defense-budget-in-charts/

  15. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 10 months ago

    @Nantucket19

    That Eisenhower; hippie peacenick. Ptoo. No WONDER he was a Democrat.

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