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Republican congressman calls Pentagon budget ‘irresponsible’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Buck McKeon, who heads the House Armed Services Committee, on Monday blasted the Pentagon’s proposed defense budget for fiscal 2013, saying it “irresponsibly ignores” additional mandatory cuts that are due to take effect in January 2013. “This budget reflects a true reduction, in real terms, of…

U.S. lawmaker: China ‘drunk’ with economic might

WASHINGTON — China seeks to match US military might, hacks US government computers “daily,” and is “drunk with economic power,” a key US lawmaker warned Monday as he warned against new cuts at the Pentagon. “The fact is, China keeps our admirals up at night. And for good reason,” House…

Rep. Buck McKeon urges Iraqis to ask for troops

WASHINGTON — Iraq’s leaders should ask “sooner rather than later” for a sizeable US troop presence there into 2012, a key US lawmaker said Wednesday, warning that too small a number would imperil fragile gains. “We’ve won there, we should not give up that victory,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman…

Republicans to target Afghan withdrawal timetable

WASHINGTON — Fresh from their historic elections romp, US Republicans served notice Wednesday that they would target President Barack Obama’s July 2011 deadline to start withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan. Republicans, who retook the House of Representatives on Tuesday and sliced deep into the Democrats’ Senate majority, have long criticized…

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