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Forbes Says Marine Commandant's Testimony Confirms Fears About Administration's Defense Strategy


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos' testimony that sequestration threatens the Marine Corps' ability to fight and win even one major contingency operation:

"General Amos' testimony before the House Armed Services Committee confirms my fear that this Administration's defense policy is completely unmoored from the threats our country faces. It has been over a year since the Obama Administration reversed a half-century of American strategy, which held our military must be able to fight and win two major wars simultaneously. General Amos has now stated that, with sequestration, the Marines' ability to win just one major conflict is in serious jeopardy. The Administration's change in strategy signaled weakness in a world of rising threats, from a nuclear-armed North Korea to a China with growing ambitions. Now, its failure to prevent sequestration and invest in the military of the future has made even the dramatically reduced global presence the President wants untenable. The real-world consequences of these self-inflicted wounds will haunt the United States for years to come."

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