A U.S. strike on Syria could call into question the ability of the U.S. military to perform with the continued pressure of sequestration cuts. "We cannot keep asking the military to perform mission after mission with sequestration and military cuts hanging over their heads," said Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. The possibility of a strike on Syria, said Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute consultants' group, "has to raise questions about whether sequestration should continue."

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