Defense and National Security

What Will It Take to Convince Republicans of the Dangers of Sequestration?

Here’s a headline we never thought we’d see: “House GOP: Pentagon crying ‘wolf’ on sequester.”

Despite warnings from our national security advisors, POLITICO notes “some Republicans have responded with skepticism, and different wings of the party remain deeply conflicted about whether to allow the looming cuts to take effect.”

How Republicans can be skeptical is beyond us. Here’s a look at just some of the recent warnings given about the harmful and dangerous impact of the sequester on our national security:

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: “These would be the steepest, deepest cuts at a time I would attest is more dangerous than it’s ever been.” [Washington Post, 2/12]

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno: “We simply cannot take the readiness of our force for granted. If we do not have the resources to train and equip the force, our soldiers, our young men and women, are the ones who will pay the price, potentially with their lives.” [POLITICO, 2/14]

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: “[Department of Homeland Security cannot absorb the cuts without] significantly negatively affecting frontline operations and our nation’s previous investment in the homeland security enterprise.” [Washington Post, 2/14]

The list goes on and on.  We think it’s time Republicans start to trust our nation’s security and national defense leaders and respond to their warnings to avert the sequester before it is too late.