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Obama to affirm JFCOM closure before Congress returns

This will hit our local area hard:

President Obama could approve the decision to close Joint Forces Command in Norfolk before Sept. 1, according to a memo being circulated to local and state officials.

The memo from the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance does not cite a source, but claims to have "strong evidence" that the controversial move is being fast-tracked.

"There is a package being prepared fairly vigorously to get in front of the president on about September 1 for him to approve the elimination of Joint Forces Command," said Frank Roberts, executive director of the alliance, when asked about the memo.

Virginia's congressional delegation has vowed to oppose the closing - even taking it to court -- but a Sept. 1 decision means that the commander-in-chief would have signed off before Congress returns from its recess.

Under this scenario, job losses would begin after the start of the new year, the memo says.


JFCOM itself employs about 5,600 people in Hampton Roads, the bulk of them civilians or contractors. It has an annual operating budget of nearly $704 million.


U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D- Newport News, said that he has not seen any study and questioned why it would be done in secret. The timing of the move appears designed to circumvent Congress, which is in summer recess.

"The initial announcement was made right after we left town and the decision will be made before we get back," he said. "It adds to the mystery of it. You ought to be able to have a public discussion."

Bobby Scott is a liberal's liberal... and when he's questioning the secrecy, the lack of transparency (imagine that from this administration), then something is definitely wrong.

Barack Hussein Obama continues his quest to completely redefine America... a redefinition steeped in his radical past.

Hope and change my ass.


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Comments (9)

Barry obviously has a need ... (Below threshold)

Barry obviously has a need for that $704 million somewhere else. HINT: Check the White House logs to see who's been visiting lately. Besides, those people can go on unemployment.

What is Barry going to do w... (Below threshold)
Nine Fourteen:

What is Barry going to do with the x-tra cash ?

1. Pad an offshore account ?

2. Buy an election or 6 ?

3. Fund a mosque ?

Decisions, decisions, what to do ?

Well I look here<a... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Well I look here


And I am not all that suprised.

Norfolk is a red county.

Also if you look at most of the state it is red. Yet Obama got 4 percent more of the vote than McCain.

True the loss of jobs at Norfolk will affect more than the county it is in but most of the job losses will be in that county and it will affect the state more negatively.

The state also went for Bush in 2004

Well there you go. RED doe... (Below threshold)

Well there you go. RED doesn't count.

Obama's habit of bypassing ... (Below threshold)
John S:

Obama's habit of bypassing Congress is interesting, but eventually it won't work. After January, the House will simply start impeachment proceedings. Need a crime? Let's start with Obama's pet bank, ShoreBank Chicago, Illinois, which finally failed this week after months of White House intervention, costing taxpayers a cool $2.1 billion in the process.

JohnIMpeachment ai... (Below threshold)
retired military:


IMpeachment aint gonna happen. it is like with Clinton. Unlss the republicans have 70 in the senate then it wont work.

Clueless Collins, Stupid Snowe and at least 2 other RINOs wont vote to impeach no matter what.

"Clueless Collins, Stupid S... (Below threshold)
Nine Fourteen:

"Clueless Collins, Stupid Snowe and at least 2 other RINOs wont vote to impeach no matter what."

2 Other RINO's? That's easy. Lindsey Gramnesty and John ( cross the aisle ) McCain are shoe ins to vote against the common good.

C'mon J.D.

Becomes harder and... (Below threshold)

Becomes harder and harder to ascribe this person's actions to incompetency.

I don't subscribe to conspiracy theory as a rule, but if one was trying to destroy a country, the actions taken thus far couldn't be more suited to do just that.

Scary as hell.

It's no conspiracy, it's ju... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

It's no conspiracy, it's just the natural tendency of the leftist. We've spent ourselves into a situation where sooner or later severe cuts in federal employees must be made - manpower is the biggest expense and the only way to trim costs significantly.

As a leftist, Obama puts the military as a low priority, and so Defense is his natural target for cuts, national security be damned.






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