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Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:26 AM

Defense consultant: "You will definitely need some sort of new threat in order for" Pentagon budget



If the sequester goes into effect on January 1st, we will see over time a $500 billion reduction in security spending (which includes the Pentagon and State Department).

Defense lobbyists are increasingly worried about these cuts. In Politico this morning, one defense consultant said that we’d need “you will definitely need some sort of new threat in order for” the downward trend in defense spending to “stop.”

But Americans should not fear a significant reduction in military spending. Remember that Pentagon spending is the largest portion of discretionary spending, and that the United States spends more on its military than the rest of the world combined.

Read more: http://boldprogressives.org/bipartisan-military-experts-actually-want-twice-the-level-of-defense-cuts-that-are-in-the-sequester/

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Reply Defense consultant: "You will definitely need some sort of new threat in order for" Pentagon budget (Original post)
Report1212 Dec 2012 OP
TwilightGardener Dec 2012 #1
SalviaBlue Dec 2012 #5
liberal N proud Dec 2012 #2
formercia Dec 2012 #3
byeya Dec 2012 #4
Rex Dec 2012 #6
Jackpine Radical Dec 2012 #7
Rex Dec 2012 #8
Ichingcarpenter Dec 2012 #9
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Wilms Dec 2012 #10
A HERETIC I AM Dec 2012 #11
ProfessorGAC Dec 2012 #14
Scuba Dec 2012 #12
bemildred Dec 2012 #13

Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:29 AM

1. Calling PNAC. Calling PNAC. Time for yet another Pearl Harbor.

Arooooo-ga! Arooooo-ga! What will it be this time?

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:47 AM

5. Exactly ^

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:29 AM

2. In other words, they will be looking for a new terror threat or even attack to keep their precious $$

The military industrial complex in this country is a very dangerous thing.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:29 AM

3. The 'Boys' will conjure up another Bogey Man to ensure a constant flow at the Government Teat.

"You can take that to the Bank." as Junior once said.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:38 AM

4. This has been going on since the end of WW2. The Tories in the UK and the two parties here

 

realized that only by keeping the population in continual fright would they - those who control the political economy - be able to get more than their fair share of the wealth. It's been more difficult since the USSR broke apart but they've managed to do it to us and things are more unbalanced than ever and the media is more in the pocket of the wealthy and power hungry then ever.
(Right after the bombs fell on the two cities in Japan, several major dailies in the USA published a map of how such blasts would affect Moscow. The bomb's destruction was superimposed over a map of our ally, the USSR)

Don't forget that one of the largest public demonstrations in Times Square took place to celebrate the fall of Paris to the Nazis.

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 11:49 AM

6. What? The never ending war in Afghanistan ain't enough

blood money for these parasites?

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Response to Rex (Reply #6)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 01:10 PM

7. Oh, Hell no. We need some Iran action.

That should bring in China & maybe Russia, & should keep the game going for another 3 decades at least.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:47 PM

8. True, you know they miss communism and the Red Menace.

All those trillions wasted on nuclear duds. They pine for the Cold War days.

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #7)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 04:53 PM

9. The DOD told President Obama to tell the people the next threat is

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:05 PM

10. ^

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 07:48 PM

11. "Downward Trend"?!? What bleedin' downward trend?





The Money we spend on war making capability is the monster that can just not be satisfied.

I've said this before, but why, oh WHY won't the right wing just fucking ADMIT that defense spending is just a giant jobs program?

Because that's what it is.

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #11)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:31 AM

14. Nice Catch!

Of course, you know the answer will be "the rate of increase has slowed". Which of course, it should have slowed long ago. It should be going down not just going up by the change in the value of money.

Even with the argument we both know we'll hear, there is no reason for the budget to be that high. The tricky part is that we have tied the expenditure to the private sector (defense contractors) into GDP so tightly that cuts there will have a negative macroeconomic impact.

Maybe not a great thing, but more survivable than spending defense money on materiel we don't need.
GAC

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Response to Report1212 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:42 AM

12. Military spending IS the threat.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #12)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:22 AM

13. +1. Militarism has done us great harm already. nt

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