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    ‘Pentagon’s Worst Nightmare’

    During a decade of warfare, the Pentagon mostly had its way with budgets, as
    Congress was reluctant to turn down many spending requests for troops in the
    field. There was billions here for IED-detection and billions there for weapons
    like the F-35 joint strike fighter, the Virginia class of
    submarines, or the Predator drone.

    And while the Pentagon was just beginning to trim its spending over the last
    year, the debt deal approved by Congress this week raises the
    possibility of steeper cuts between $350 billion and $800 billion over the next
    decade. And that has left even the most veteran Pentagon budget watchers
    surprised.

    Nearly everyone in Washington, including Panetta, has known for some time
    that the defense budget would be cut: al Qaeda is now vanquished, or nearly so,
    as Americans learned recently from White House officials, and
    troops are coming home from Afghanistan. Analysts believe the defense cuts for
    the short term will be modest, and that cuts over the next decade or so may
    sound nasty, but they will be determined by the next president and consequently
    may never be enacted.
    ‘Pentagon’s Worst Nightmare’ - Yahoo! News

    Well - I support efforts to quell the beast and downgrade things. I don't think it's as dramatic as people are making it out to be.
    A screaming comes across the sky.
    It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.
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    Re: ‘Pentagon’s Worst Nightmare’

    This reminded me of a picture I saw...
    The question is more important than the answer!

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    Re: ‘Pentagon’s Worst Nightmare’

    Defense, along with entitlements, need to reduce themselves by at least 1/3rd over the next decade. We do not need war time level spending as the norm for our defense budget. Its not sustainable, nor intelligent, nor fiscally responsible, nor even necessary and would produce an atmosphere and beuracracy of waste as we move farther from the ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will however be a slow trickle in a larger budget if entitlements aren't cut along side with it.

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    Re: ‘Pentagon’s Worst Nightmare’

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Defense, along with entitlements, need to reduce themselves by at least 1/3rd over the next decade. We do not need war time level spending as the norm for our defense budget. Its not sustainable, nor intelligent, nor fiscally responsible, nor even necessary and would produce an atmosphere and beuracracy of waste as we move farther from the ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will however be a slow trickle in a larger budget if entitlements aren't cut along side with it.
    Our armed forces have been cut in half over the past two decades. If we decrease it by another third, what will be left?

    All these cuts will cost lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Our armed forces have been cut in half over the past two decades. If we decrease it by another third, what will be left?

    All these cuts will cost lives.
    Not if we pull our ass out of the Middle East.










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    Re: ‘Pentagon’s Worst Nightmare’

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    Not if we pull our ass out of the Middle East.
    What about the next war that comes along?...and yes...there will be another one. It would be idiotic not to mention very dangerous to assume that there won't be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    ‘Pentagon’s Worst Nightmare’ - Yahoo! News

    Well - I support efforts to quell the beast and downgrade things. I don't think it's as dramatic as people are making it out to be.
    "Analysts believe the defense cuts for
    the short term will be modest, and that cuts over the next decade or so may
    sound nasty, but they will be determined by the next president and consequently
    may never be enacted."

    Why am I not surprised? I bet when a republican is elected, they'll beef the spending back up...

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    Re: ‘Pentagon’s Worst Nightmare’

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    "Analysts believe the defense cuts for
    the short term will be modest, and that cuts over the next decade or so may
    sound nasty, but they will be determined by the next president and consequently
    may never be enacted."

    Why am I not surprised? I bet when a republican is elected, they'll beef the spending back up...
    Yes - that' actually a very frustrating thing per our government: they give long-term projections (good or bad) but there's never any assurance that they'll stick.

    Like: I want to cull excessive spending (I think a lot of people do) - as long as it's done carefully and with a well-thought out plan. But what's the point of really trying when in just two years the tide will shift and everyone will be onto something new.

    Change sin government are like fashion trends.
    A screaming comes across the sky.
    It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.
    Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow

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    Re: ‘Pentagon’s Worst Nightmare’

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    What about the next war that comes along?...and yes...there will be another one. It would be idiotic not to mention very dangerous to assume that there won't be.
    when that war comes, then we spend money like we are in a war... simple as that

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    Re: ‘Pentagon’s Worst Nightmare’

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    What about the next war that comes along?...and yes...there will be another one. It would be idiotic not to mention very dangerous to assume that there won't be.
    deal with that when/if it happens. for now you could always take a break from spreading "freedom and democracy" when it suits.

    think of all the money you will save in the meantime.

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