Cry Me A River, LeonPosted: September 16, 2011
Leon Panetta, Defense Secretary, Warns That Military Cuts Could Add 1 Percent To Jobless Rate
It looks like the U.S. Military has its finances under the same control it has over those pesky insurgents. The right word is one seldom used with finances, but apropos here: Amok. After whining to Congress, which also strangely can’t seem to manage its bills, Panetta turned the mike over to his flunky and the press hacks.
Defense spending has nearly doubled since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to more than $500 billion. That spending is separate from the $1 trillion-plus for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past decade. [Note: append “per year” to the first number. The second number seems light.]
“We would break faith with those in uniform who are serving. At a time of war, that’s unacceptable,” [Pentagon press secretary George] Little told reporters traveling with Panetta back to Washington after security meetings with Australian leaders in San Francisco.
So the real reason for the constant wars is to “keep faith” with the grunts. We do it all for them. Kinda tears ya’ up, huh? I wonder how much it cost to have “security meetings with Australian leaders.”
Have you noticed that budget cuts are always slashes, and always “over the next decade”, i.e., never. Words fascinate me.
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