published Friday, September 2nd, 2011

New role for Gen. Petraeus at CIA

Four-star U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus came to public prominence with his leadership in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But after serving faithfully and well in those sometimes contentious, frustrating and indecisive efforts, Petraeus was recently confirmed by a 94-0 Senate vote to become head of the CIA, at the age of 58. There is every reason for confidence that his character and experience have qualified him for this important new post.

But he did not retire from the military without a stern warning to Washington that it should not impose budget cuts that would create a "hollow Army" and weaken our nation's ability to defend itself.

Federal deficit spending is obviously a grave problem, but cuts should be focused on unconstitutional spending and on reform of entitlements that are currently going broke. It is vital that we maintain our military readiness, and Petraeus is right to say so.

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Livn4life said...

How dare any of us forbid spending which fosters more dependence on the federal government and most of all which keeps getting politicians elected? Never mind what the Constitution says. That was all sarcasm, of course. We are on the verge of seeing what the ridiculous acts of irresponsible government bring. And for sure it will not be pretty. But our leaders just do not believe this is coming. I am figuring they will pass a law exempting themselves from the pain and fallout of what they have created.

September 2, 2011 at 6:44 a.m.
harrystatel said...

Can an invasion of Syria and bombing of Iran be far behind? The perpetual war machine must be feed to keep those infidels out of Red Bank.

It's a fact they hate us because of our red-light cameras.

September 2, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.
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