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February 01, 2009

When Is a Cut Not a Cut?
Posted by Heather Hurlburt

Remember "fuzzy math?"  Over at Fox News, they've got an item up under the headine "Defense Official:  Obama Calling for Defense Budget Cuts."

The actual quote: 

     The Obama administration has asked the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff to cut the   Pentagon's budget request for the fiscal year 2010 by more than 10 percent -- about $55 billion -- a senior U.S. defense official tells FOX News.

The trick here:  the Pentagon's budget request was prepared before the change of Administration and not scrutinized by outsiders -- so it contains, as you might imagine, every bell and whistle every service has been dreaming of.  Not surprisingly, the Obama budget gurus told them to cut it back. 

Even less surprisingly, FOX made no effort to report the difference between a departmental budget request and an actual, enacted-into-law, budget.  Sigh.

My understanding is that a $55 billion cut will still leave the request ahead of last year's appropriation, but that's just rumor. 

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They need to hack the Pentagon's budget by 75% - close every military base overseas and evacuate our troops from Afghanistan and Iraq immediately. The U.S. has no real enemy of any consequence, except those the Pentagon fabricates. Al-Qaeda is a bunch of ragtag no-accounts who live in caves and have no army, no navy and no planes except those they hijack. Get real.

Evil always finds a way to justify itself.

CQ Politics explained this all, well worth a read:

http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003022493

Robert Kagan repeated these charges in a Washington Post Op-Ed yesterday as well, but they are easily refuted. Bernard Finel debunked his arguments in a posting on our blog: http://www.americansecurityproject.org/theflashpointblog/bernard-finel/2009/02/03/defense-budget-follies/

Robert Kagan repeated these charges in a Washington Post Op-Ed yesterday as well, but they are easily refuted

Robert Kagan repeated these charges in a Washington Post Op-Ed yesterday as well, but they are easily refuted

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