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I hope this reply appears in proper sequence. I'm responding to George Croix's 10:22 post.

George, I take your point that the military itself feels its readiness is low. It almost always does, no matter what. But the culprit is that we're fighting too many wars and staying in them too …

As I remember it, sequestration does not apply to fighting wars, which tends to be the biggest part of defense spending.

Also, as I understand it, President Trump intends to offset the increased military budget with cuts to domestic programs and Dept of State, while holding Medicare an…

Carlos, all good articles. It's possible to find just as many stating that our military readiness is just fine. I guess my point is that if I had to choose between bolstering an already effective fighting force and spending money on something in worse shape, I'd spend it on something else. I…

Sorry George, that was too strong. but please, do some research before branding our military as having a readiness problem. The military always scavenges parts. Always, just like we do if something breaks down and there's a way to fix it with scavenged parts. It just makes sense.

Just …

Low readiness? Low readiness?

Where the eff do you get that? From Trump? Come on, Dude. Do some reading.

I should add that I hope President Trump's team has the savvy to get this right. I have a lot of confidence in Secretary Mattis. No doubt he'll build his own good team. There are probably some patriots willing to serve with him, if he's allowed to pick them.

Some of my responses take so long to post that it's hard to tell who they're responding to.

Jim, my opinion is that we spend far too much on "defense." The part of defense I think we spend too much on is fighting wars. We have become a country that fights unnecessary wars, a…

The reporting I saw said large increase in defense spending, large cuts to domestic and State Dept spending, with medicare and social security untouched. I can't believe this is not in the GDN. I must be missing it.

I've seen the numbers you've quoted above, and to me the troop buildu…

President Trump just released his proposed budget. It is a big deal and NOT business-as-usual. Can't find any reporting on it in today's GDN, but of course it's all over the internet and most news outlets. If it's not a big part of his speech, he's missing an opportunity.

Yeah, Stan probably meant the past 145 years, not literally forever. I knew what he meant, but then when I read PD's comment I had to laugh. It's definitely true that nobody truly knows the warmest February EVER. [beam]

As for the sea level, I'm most concerned with Galveston because I…