Budget, debt worries plague troops


You know, I'm normally not that harsh on the Teabaggers. Yeah, they're ignorant and mean spirited, but also terribly amusing. But this crap has my blood boiling. Not only are this country's seniors losing sleep over the Teabaggers mental incapacity in understanding the stakes, now the troops are worried. Asshats.

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan —A half a world away from the Capitol Hill deadlock, the economy and debt crisis are weighing heavily on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

And the top question on their minds Saturday even as bombings rocked the city around them, was one the top U.S. military officer couldn't answer.

Will we get paid?

"I actually don't know the answer to that question," Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a group of troops, while at the same time telling them they will continue to go to work each day.

But he offered a bit more optimism than defense officials have acknowledged when those questions have come up in recent weeks.

"I have confidence that at some point in time, whatever compensation you are owed, you will be given," said Mullen, who is making his 15th trip to Afghanistan, just two months before he retires. But, he noted, "There are plenty of you living paycheck to paycheck so if paychecks were stopped it would have a devastating impact very quickly."