March 12, 2013
JUST MAKE THEM GO AWAY:
Cuts Give Obama Path to Create Leaner Military (DAVID E. SANGER and THOM SHANKER, 3/11/13, NY Times)
At a time when $46 billion in mandatory budget cuts are causing anxiety at the Pentagon, administration officials see one potential benefit: there may be an opening to argue for deep reductions in programs long in President Obama's sights, and long resisted by Congress.On the list are not only base closings but also an additional reduction in deployed nuclear weapons and stockpiles and a restructuring of the military medical insurance program that costs more than America spends on all of its diplomacy and foreign aid around the world. Also being considered is yet another scaling back in next-generation warplanes, starting with the F-35, the most expensive weapons program in United States history.None of those programs would go away.
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2013 7:35 PM