Op-Ed: Mark Lucas Says Defense Dept. Can Afford Cuts Under Sequestration
The sequester scare tactics displayed in Washington is the reason why people have lost faith in our government. Our elected officials will say or do anything in hopes of avoiding making cuts and becoming buddies with lobbyists. Unfortunately, even some conservatives are falling for the absurd claim that the defense department cannot afford the sequester cuts. I disagree.
I have had the opportunity to serve in the military for 10 years. After completing the US Army Ranger school I deployed as an infantry rifle platoon leader along the Afghan-Pakistani border. Sometimes veterans return home with a bad taste in their mouth and an axe to grind. I’m not one of those soldiers. My love of country and the United States Army grows everyday. I fondly look back to my experience leading soldiers in combat, bonding with the Afghan people, and leaving the Afghan Border Police in Paktya a better-trained unit.
During my time in the military I have seen plenty of government waste. We have an outstanding military, but at the end of the day it’s another wasteful government department.