Wondering where President Barry was going to find the money for the Srimulus Pork? Apparently, no farther than the same tired old track to the well every other Liberal uses: Gee, Folks, let’s Cut the Evil Military Complex!:
Two defense officials who were not authorized to speak publicly said Gates will announce up to a half-dozen major weapons cancellations later this month. Candidates include a new Navy destroyer, the Air Force’s F-22 fighter jet, and Army ground-combat vehicles, the offi cials said.
More cuts are planned for later this year after a review that could lead to reductions in programs such as aircraft carriers and nuclear arms, the officials said.
As a former CIA director with strong Republican credentials, Gates is prepared to use his credibility to help Obama overcome the expected outcry from conservatives. And after a lifetime in the national security arena, working in eight administrations, the 65-year-old Gates is also ready to counter the defense companies and throngs of retired generals and other lobbyists who are gearing up to protect their pet projects.
Girding for a showdown with Congress, Gates took the unusual step of making the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other participants in budget deliberations sign nondisclosure agreements to prevent leaks.
But already lawmakers and defense contractors are preparing to fight back. Lockheed, maker of the F-22 jet, recently launched an ad campaign to protect its fighter. Northrop Grumman, which could face cutbacks to its ship-building programs, has hired consultants to write op-eds. Unions are raising alarms about job losses.
Even his closest friends acknowledge Gates is in the bureacratic fight of his life.
“He is going to have a hard time,” said former US national security adviser and retired Air Force Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, who is considered Gates’s mentor and speaks to his protoge frequently. “The resistance in the system is heavy. But that what Bob is trying to take on.”
Having been in the miliatary during the Carter Administration, I remember when they canceled the B-1 bomber (which turned out to be one of the greatest bombers built – ever; fighter sped with ultra-stealth and high bomb capacity) and the M-1 tank.
Can you imagine Desert Sheild/Desert Storm or the 2003 Iraq war without the M-1? honestly, I can’t. The M-60 tank was World War Ii era design, and underperformed everything else in the world. Kids in Red Flyer wagons wrapped in tinfoil outperformed the M-60.
After the weapons cuts came, of course, the personnel cuts, which lead to a vastly undertaffed force with 40% staffing (or less) at below-minimum-wage pay on food stamps.
And that’s where we’re headed un Prince President Obama.