Despite cries of doom since the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration surfaced in Washington in 2011, the Pentagon has seen few actual reductions, and there is no indication that will change any time soon.
Millions of Americans who depend upon government-funded services deserve better than this kind of "sore loser" lack of leadership from our elected representatives. And so do the hundreds of thousands of government employees who deliver these vital services.
Amid Pentagon pontification about sequestration cuts to defense spending and their supposed deleterious impact on national security, it turns out that the department of defense has no clue at all about its own fiscal outlook.
Until now, the Democratic leadership has been mostly quiet about the need for military cuts. What they're afraid of is all the money the military contractors have to throw around on lobbying and political ads.
Recent months have seen a flurry of headlines about cuts (often called "threats") to the U.S. defense budget. Here, then, is a simple question that no one bothers to ask, no less answer: How much are we spending on national security these days?
If an extra trillion dollars in the last ten years meant a decaying defense force, how does Leon Panetta say he is going to prevent a hollowing out of our forces at the modestly lower budget levels he says he can live with?