What? What?? WHAT?!

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks to ROTC students at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Feb. 6, 2013. Panetta later gave a speech to students, providing a detailed account of the cuts that would occur if sequestration takes effect. (DOD photo.)

It’s nice that Georgetown University has a ROTC. Even nicer that they are in such a beautiful room in such a storied university. But–

Panetta gave “a detailed account of the cuts that would occur if sequestration takes effect?” Yesterday’s blog post was about the likelihood of sequestration taking effect. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said DOD was planning seriously for it. However, NO DETAILS have been provided. Scouring published reports and local HQ Rumor Control, all that has so far been seen or heard out there are vague threats about readiness and verbal assurances and speculations.

Panetta gave a “detailed account of the cuts that would occur” to Georgetown students but not to the rest of us? How about just to DOD, Mr. Secretary?

I promise we won’t tell; and we’d really like to know.

ADDED: According to a Pentagon news release today, “Panetta described sequestration as ‘legislative madness’ designed to be so bad that ‘no one in their right mind would let it happen.’

“The secretary compared sequestration to a scene from the movie ‘Blazing Saddles.’

“For those of you that have ever seen ‘Blazing Saddles,’ it is the scene of the sheriff putting the gun to his head in order to try to establish law and order,” he said.

ADDED, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little released this statement the afternoon of 6 Feb 2013:.

“The Secretary of Defense has delayed the deployment of the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and the USS Gettysburg (CG-64), which were scheduled to depart Norfolk, Virginia, later this week for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Area of Responsibility.

“Facing budget uncertainty — including a Continuing Resolution and the looming potential for across-the-board sequestration cuts — the U.S. Navy made this request to the Secretary and he approved.”

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