A serious look at the budget reveals some "leaks" -- two in actual spending practices and two in the basic assumptions that undergird the budget itself. Ship-shape as it may look on the surface, this is a budget perilously close to an iceberg.
Let's pause a moment as the New Year begins and take stock of ourselves as what we truly are: the preeminent war-making machine on planet Earth. Let's consider just what the American way of war might have in store for us in 2010.
Washington is sending tremendous amounts of military material into autocratic Middle Eastern nations and building-up bases in countries whose governments often prefer that no publicity be given to the growing American military "footprint."
Washington is spending more today on its military now than it did when the U.S. was confronting the Soviet Union, Warsaw Pact, Maoist China, and assorted Third World autocracies. Whatever could justify such outlays?
At a time when the US in sinking deeper in debt amid a devastating economic crisis, does a bloated military budget that requires Chinese loans to finance represent a true enhancement of national security?
When it serves him politically to condemn Halliburton's abuses, he takes that view. When he's running for president and seeking to establish his bonafides with the Republican base, a different John McCain emerges.