By Paul Scicchitano and Ronald Kessler
Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham charged in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV Thursday that billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin hitting the Defense Department next year under the so-called sequestration mechanism will lead to an “inability to defend the nation” from its enemies.
“It would be, in the words of Leon Panetta, a brigade without bullets, a Navy without ships, an Air Force without training pilots,” Graham added. “It would be like shooting yourself in the head. It would be the most destructive thing in the world and it’s going to happen come January — unless Republicans and Democrats can find a substitute.”
The spending cuts were approved by both Republicans and Democrats as part of the last-minute 2011 agreement to raise the U.S. debt limit.
Lawmakers envisioned them as a sort of legislative last resort — to be triggered only Viagra on line canada if Congress was unable to find other deficit-reduction proposals to replace them. That job was handed over to the so-called super committee, which subsequently failed in its mission late last year.
“This is the dumbest idea that Congress has come up with — and we’re known for doing dumb things,” acknowledged Graham of South Carolina. “The idea that if a bunch of politicians fail to do their job well and correctly, that you’re going to destroy the military and fire a bunch of soldiers. Fire the politicians, keep the soldiers.”