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January 12, 2011

Drastic Cuts In Military Spending

Filed under: 25% solution, New Priorities — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:42 am

If you want “drastic cuts,” don’t buy into the shell game Defense Secretary Gates is operating.  He just wants to move money from one unnecessary weapons system to another.  For real reform, look at www.smartsecuritypa.org.  We can do better.

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January 5, 2011

Cut Military Spending – Who Gets The Money?

Filed under: New Priorities — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:13 am

The tussle starts tomorrow over how to cut the military budget, and the question of Gates staying in his job is part of the equation.  But this Reuters article gives an idea of which weapons systems are on the chopping block.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7035VO20110105?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

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

June 15, 2010

Our Navy Exceeds The Next 13 Navies Combined

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:19 am

Defense Secretary Gates talked about this in a recent speech, and Barney Frank has proposed cutting a trillion dollars out of military spending in the next few years.  This article makes some comparisons that are shocking.  The only plausible explanation for such spending is the greed of defense contractors.  [Highly recommended: George Bernard Shaw’s “Major Barbara” with Wendy Hiller and Rex Harrison]

http://www.armscontrolcenter.org/policy/securityspending/articles/US_vs_Global/