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McKeon: Officials should slow military cuts, learn from Benghazi

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon said Tuesday that Congress should slow cuts to the military to ensure the country is ready for the next war.

"We've never had cuts so deep, so steep," he said on MSNBC. "We always cut back after war. It seems to be in our DNA. We just don't want to be ready for the next one."

He added that the embassy attack in Benghazi should teach officials that the military can't be ready to mobilize on a moment's notice without the proper funding and resources.

"That's what I gained out of the Benghazi report, is that we expected the military to be there 7/24, no matter how we cut back on their resources and their ability. So we don't have tankers ready to refuel fighter jets. We don't have Marines that have airlift to get them immediately to any spot around the globe 7/24," he said. "We should learn a hard lesson from this."

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