Yesterday I pointed out that — misleading spin dutifully regurgitated by The New York Times aside — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is not proposing any actual cuts in total Pentagon spending, but is rather seeking to reshuffle funds so he can spend more money on
killing poor foreigners Defending America and less on the military bureaucracy itself, with the military one of the few institutions immune from budget cutbacks amid the ongoing recession. Despite this, I noted it was readily apparent that the GOP (and more than a few Democrats) would blast the out-of-control-commies in the White House for risking the lives of good, god-fearing Americans by spending marginally less on some politician’s pet weapons system.
From Businessweek, the oh-too-predictable fallout from Gates’ announcement:
Republican Rep. J. Randy Forbes was livid at the decision, calling it “further evidence of this administration allowing its budget for social change to determine defense spending.”
“What we are witnessing is the piecemeal auctioning off of the greatest military the world has ever known,” he said.
[Virgina Republican Gov. Bob] McDonnell shared Forbes’ sentiment, saying he sensed a fundamental reordering of priorities by the Obama administration.
“When I see the federal mandates being put on Virginia by various federal legislation, when I see spending growing at $1.16 trillion a year, it appears to me that there are being cuts in defense made to fund other programs that are, in my view, much less important,” McDonnell said.
I know actual facts have no place in politics, but worth pointing out: President Obama is spending more on the U.S. military than George W. Bush ever did, with his administration seeking a record $708 billion in defense budget for 2011 — excluding the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because the godless Blue Team is in power, I understand that Republicans are legally bound to blast the administration for engaging in cr-a-zy liberal social engineering no matter what they do; they’d have a stronger case, though, if they noted that social engineering is primarily taking place in Kabul, not Kansas.