With the fixation on shrinking the budget deficit, why is over $700 billion in annual defense spending almost always off-limits for discussion? The mainstream media rarely explore possible cuts in the nation’s largest discretionary spending item, and most politicians refuse to even consider the issue.
That’s why the bipartisan Sustainable Defense Task Force’s June 11 report recommending over $1 trillion in Pentagon cuts over the next 10 years is an indication that some sanity might arrive inside the Beltway. Convened by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) — who raised this issue in an early-2009 op-ed for The Nation — along with Democratic Sen.… Seguir leyendo »