MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

August 16, 2010

Gates Tries To Head Off 25% Cuts

Filed under: 25% solution — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:09 am

This article suggests that Gates is doing the old “bait and switch”  – cutting budget a tiny bit to distract the critics.  But Lefcourt points out that if this is a “dangerous world,” most of our “defense” spending won’t do any good.  A woman I know said “How can we leave Afghanistan and abandon all those poor women?”  Building some schools will do far more good than missile submarines and another battalion or three of Marines.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Secretary-of-Defense-Gates-by-Dave-Lefcourt-100814-599.html

July 6, 2010

“The Usually Sacrosanct Defense Budget”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 3:27 pm

Columbia Journalism Review talks about The Sustainable Defense Task Force and the shocking story it tells about the lack of audited controls on Pentagon spending and the usual failure of the press to cover it.  This is the investigative group set up by Congressmen Barney Frank and Ron Paul in their efforts to cut military spending.  There is a link in the article to the Task Force’s report, all 56 pages of it.

http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/congress_gives_defense_spending_a_look.php