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Defensive Secretary Chuck Hagel is proposing shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, — from today's 522,000 soldiers to between 440,000 and 450,000. Do you support his stance?

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Kozy62

Feb-26-14 7:15 AM

The cuts also would require reductions to National Guard units around the country. The plan calls for trimming the Army National Guard by 20,000 to 335,000 and the Army Reserve by 10,000 to 195,000.

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Whizkid

Feb-26-14 7:44 AM

I don't have all the facts but I do wonder why we have troops in Germany and other parts of the world that offer no threat. It seems to me that a lot of streamlining would enable some reduction but I don't know about 70-80,000.

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ladybug

Feb-26-14 8:56 AM

Along with everything else we need to look at our military.

Bases ,building tanks we don't need ($500 million ) a new jet fighter with a cost over run of $1.3 trillion. (F-35 )

Plus waste .

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ladybug

Feb-26-14 10:12 AM

Probably time to weed out some of the brass and start paying the little guy more .

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EATTHERICH

Feb-26-14 10:53 AM

close about half the bases around the world.and could someone remind me why we have to stick our noses in other countries affairs? we have enough problems in this country.

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ladybug

Feb-26-14 10:56 AM

Because the hawks in Washington and some news channels think we should .

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ladybug

Feb-26-14 11:10 AM

I think the military of the future will be based more on a strong Navy, Air Force, Special Forces Drones and God knows what secret weapons we have,

Talking of a laser now ?

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rpmwwe

Feb-26-14 11:34 AM

I don't think the cut is all that drastic. It is roughly 15% if I did my math right. That can probably be achieved with just an elimination of enlistment bonuses and a reduction in recruitment efforts, so I doubt anyone serving would be involuntarily discharged.

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rpmwwe

Feb-26-14 11:35 AM

I don't think the cut is all that drastic. It is roughly 15% if I did my math right. That can probably be achieved with just an elimination of enlistment bonuses and a reduction in recruitment efforts, so I doubt anyone serving would be involuntarily discharged.

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questioner

Feb-26-14 5:03 PM

A few years ago the AF decided it had too many captains and paid some a bonus to leave. (I can't speak for any other officers or any other branches)

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Mtlhed

Feb-26-14 6:23 PM

I'm ok with chopping up the military as long as everything else gets chopped as well and we strive for and end up in the black and with no debt. But I'm also smart enough to figure out that that will never happen. Any moneys found by chopping the military will just end up in discretionary spending or to further buy votes via entitlements and free checks in the mail. We'll end up just as in debt or worse than before, with even more hands outstretched, and with a subpar military to boot.

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zerotolerance

Feb-27-14 4:29 AM

Just the Army only? What's up with that? Not the entire military? Just the Army.

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TripleD

Feb-27-14 8:44 AM

"Two more racists."

"I see three racists that disagree with the black pastors. Interesting."

You have some nerve playing the race card after all your whining about it. Typical Right Wing hypocrisy.

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rpmwwe

Feb-27-14 12:59 PM

I'm fairly certain it was sarcasm.

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TripleD

Feb-27-14 1:03 PM

So you think that when Glenn Beck called President Obama a racist he was being sarcastic?

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TripleD

Feb-27-14 6:51 PM

When notSocialist calls a black man a racist, it is not sarcasm, it is just another pathetic attempt to justify his own bigotry.

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TripleD

Feb-28-14 6:33 AM

"But I didn't call a black man a racist, 3d. I'm calling you a racist." While I am not black, I am a democrat and I think that is the basis of your attack. You have gone out of your way to explain how it was the democrats who were the racists 50 years ago. You like ignore the fact that it was President Johnson (a democrat)who signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 causing those racists to switch political parties. I think it is pretty clear that I am not a racist and I think that once again you are using that name to justify your own bigotry.

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TripleD

Mar-01-14 6:39 AM

If you believe that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had no effect on the conversion of Southern Democrats into the Republican party, then it is you who do not think.

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WatchDog

Mar-01-14 3:36 PM

Why is it the only people that see the color of Obama's skin is the Democrats? That is all they focus on and talk about. Black Obama Black Obama, Black Obama! Democrats can't afford for racism to die. Their best strategy is that ole race card.

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TripleD

Mar-01-14 6:01 PM

Typical Republican cynicism. Claim that the Democrats are racist to justify their own bigotry.

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TripleD

Mar-01-14 9:17 PM

"That's your answer to everything. It's untrue, and getting old." That is the only explanation for your venomous hate of President Obama and your treason to the United States of America. I put up with eight years of President Bush but I never hated him the way you and your friends hate President Obama. I never tried to sabotage President Bush's efforts the way you try to sabotage President Obama at the expense of this country. Racism is at the heart of this whether you want to admit it or not.

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rpmwwe

Mar-02-14 1:54 AM

Had John Kerry became president, I can assure you he would have pushed the socialism enslavement program just as hard as Obama has and he would have taken just as much fire from the right as Obama is now. The racism theory just doesn't hold water, especially when it gets brought up only when the Obama worshippers have no further substance in their argument. You don't understand...when someone on the right hears the words "racist" or "bigot" or whatever other insult someone on the left is using to try to make an argument, that person is not actually hearing those words. They are hearing "You got me. I give up."

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rpmwwe

Mar-02-14 1:54 AM

During the last couple days, I have heard the term "paper tiger" used quite a bit to describe Obama. Is that a racist term? Was it racism that caused him to run his mouth again when he should have kept it shut? The Russians haven't done anything differently in Crimea than the US has done at least a half a dozen times in other parts of the world in the last half century, but yet Obama thinks its okay to criticize and threaten them when they do it.

The remaining free thinking people in this country (those that haven't become smitten with his phony "hope and change" crap, or been bought off with government freebies) are not only gravely concerned with the fate of this nation, but are now deeply embarrassed.

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TripleD

Mar-02-14 5:56 AM

"During the last couple days, I have heard the term "paper tiger" used quite a bit to describe Obama." If President Obama has become a paper tiger it is the Republicans that made him that. When President Obama drew a line in the sand saying that if Syria used Chemical Weapons on its own people then we would intervene, the Republicans decided not to support him. Republicans who never met a war they did not love would not authorize the use of force because they view anything to weaken this President as a good thing even if it is at the expense of this nations security. This is why Putin is now free to invade the Ukraine. If President Obama is now a paper tiger it is people like you who made him that way. You got your wish, President Obama now looks weak. Democrats approved the use of force in Iraq to give President Bush a bargaining chip and he gave us a 1 trillion dollar war while handing Iran the keys to the Middle East. President Obama would not have been so stupi

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TripleD

Mar-02-14 6:26 AM

President Obama would not have been so stupid as to squander an authorization of force. President Bush on the other hand was all about payback and I believe the main reason that there are 4,487 dead, and 32,226 wounded Americans is because Saddam Hussein tried to assassinate President Bush Sr. after the first Iraq war in Kuwait. The Bush family are all about payback and will go as far as to out undercover CIA agents who reveal the lies used to justify the Iraqi war.

"those that haven't become smitten with his phony "hope and change" crap or been bought off with government freebies". Every President has some theme or campaign slogan. It is the was you accuse people of being smitten or being bought off that shows your pure hatred of this president. I do not believe such hatred can be cultivated in politics alone and no President Kerry would not have had such a solid opposition to him.

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