Gerry Canavan

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DoD Cuts Always Already DOA

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It’s time for “everyone” to sacrifice and suffer some more — as long as “everyone” excludes our vast military industry, the permanent power factions inside the Pentagon and intelligence community, our Surveillance and National Security State, and the imperial policies of perpetual war which feed them while further draining the lifeblood out of the country.

I still think Greenwald is dramatically wrong about Citizens United, but good Lord he’s right about defense spending.

Since much of that overall spending is mandatory, military spending — all of which is discretionary — accounts for over 50% of discretionary government spending. Yet it’s absolutely forbidden to even contemplate reducing it as a means of reducing our debt or deficit. Since much of that overall spending is mandatory, military spending — all of which is discretionary — accounts for over 50% of discretionary government spending. Yet it’s absolutely forbidden to even contemplate reducing it as a means of reducing our debt or deficit. To the contrary, Obama ran on a platform of increasing military spending, and that is one of the few pledges he is faithfully and enthusiastically filling (while violating his pledge not to use deceitful budgetary tricks to fund our wars)…

Spencer Ackerman is also beating this drum. The simple fact is that any attempt to tackle either deficit spending or long-term structural debt without deep cuts at the Department of Defense is, by definition, totally unserious, not to mention disingenuous.

Don’t Mention the War

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Good luck to a good friend who deploys overseas today.

Written by gerrycanavan

January 8, 2009 at 5:01 am