Homeland Security secretary says delays at 2 major US airports due to government spending cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says U.S. airports, including Los Angeles International and O'Hare International in Chicago, are already experiencing delays as a result of automatic federal spending cuts.
Both of those big-city airports routinely suffer delays.
Napolitano said Monday that delays will become worse. The Transportation Security Administration and Customs and Border Protection agencies, which are part of the Homeland Security Department, are sending furlough notices and have cut overtime for employees.
Napolitano said she expects a cascading effect during the week, with wait times expected to double in worst cases.
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By Dr. Joseph Campos
Program Director, Intelligence Studies at American Military University
Since April 2011’s deployment of the Syrian Army to quell opposition uprisings, there have been many questions as to why the U.S. had only provided humanitarian aid and not armed the Syrian opposition. Recently the debate has grown stronger as multiple news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, revealed that “a proposal to arm Syrian rebels was backed by the Pentagon, the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, but the White House decided not to act on the plan.” This will continue to be a point of contention for many years to come, but it is now important to explore what could be some of the reasons the President chose a specific path.