Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pot calls the kettle black!

When I saw this I could hardly believe my eyes! Ignore the headline (which is true, of course). Rather look closely at the statement in the 3rd paragraph:

The Hill Online
Joint Chiefs chairman reiterates security threat of high debt
By Roxana Tiron - 06/24/10 07:18 PM ET

Pentagon leaders, the military services and defense contractors must work together to cut bureaucratic bloat and unnecessary programs, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday.

Adm. Mike Mullen also renewed his warning that the nation’s debt is the biggest threat to U.S. national security.

“I was shown the figures the other day by the comptroller of the Pentagon that said that the interest on our debt is $571 billion in 2012,” Mullen said at a breakfast hosted by The Hill. “That is, noticeably, about the size of the defense budget. It is not sustainable.”

The "it" here that is not sustainable, to him, is the DEBT, NOT the defense budget! Get that? The military is griping that debt is out of control, not American imperialistic resource wars are out of control.

Like the military of every age, they have a vast amount of money and power and they don't want anything to threaten their control of things, class. In fact, the military wants to INCREASE its spending!

...Defense Secretary Robert Gates has initiated an effort to free up $100 billion over the next five years to maintain current fighting forces and to modernize weapons systems...Pentagon leaders are eyeing 2 to 3 percent real growth in the Pentagon’s budget for the areas that need it most: force structure and modernization.

Apparently being able to kill more or less every other human being on the planet is inadequate?

But wait, apparently the Boomers are beginning to get uneasy about their current and future benefits.

...House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) put the once-sacrosanct defense budget on the chopping block this week, stating that Pentagon spending cannot be excluded from deficit-reduction talks. The defense budget makes up more than half of the country’s discretionary spending...

I would have thought that with a Democrat in the Presidency and the Democrats with a majority in Congress, that this would be a no-brainer. We need butter, not guns. But the military-industrial complex isn't going to go down without a fight - maybe even a palace coup, some say. I'm not betting on that, but the budget battles between the human needs of Americans verses the imperialist Robber Barons and their military-industrial complex allies are beginning.

Which way will this battle go? Stay tuned, class.

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