Many critics of Army cuts ignored Pentagon warnings, supported sequestration

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WASHINGTON — Some of the loudest critics of the proposed staffing cuts the Army announced Thursday at bases around the United States were the very members of Congress who four years ago voted to impose government-wide budget measures that the Pentagon warned then would compel it to slash the military. The Army’s announcement of plans to reduce its active duty force by 40,000 troops over the next two years was panned widely in Congress, especially by lawmakers from states with bases hit hard by the proposed cuts. Republican Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter criticized plans to eliminate 4,350 positions at Fort Benning and Fort Stewart in Georgia. Fellow Republican Rep. Renee…

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