The Chief of Staff has warned the White House and Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that the miliary budget must be increased by at least 25 billion or
the it will not be able to meet its obligations and will have to reduce its commitments someplace, including Iraq.
Published on Monday, September 25, 2006 by the Los Angeles Times
Army Warns Rumsfeld It's Billions Short
An extraordinary action by the chief of staff sends a message: The Pentagon must increase the budget or reduce commitments in Iraq and elsewhere.
by Peter Spiegel
WASHINGTON — The Army's top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan from Pentagon leaders last month after protesting to Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld that the service could not maintain its current level of activity in Iraq plus its other global commitments without billions in
The decision by Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army's chief of staff, is believed to be unprecedented and signals a widespread belief within the Army
that in the absence of significant troop withdrawals from Iraq, funding assumptions must be completely reworked, say current and former Pentagon
"This is unusual, but hell, we're in unusual times," said a senior Pentagon official involved in the budget discussions.
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Think of it...an additional 25 billion on top an already stunning 98 billion. The simple reality behind this according to NPR's "All Things
Considered" is that the constant redeployments of forces and materials are wearing them thin. Equipment designed to last in peace time for 25 years
is wearing out from constant use in 3 or 4 years. The notion that you can do a military operation of this size (Iraq and Afghanistan) on the cheap is
totally absurd and it is amazing to me that it should have ever been seriously considered in the first place.
Another reality that must be faced is spending at this level cannot be maintained indefinately without threatening to bankrupt the country.
Something has got to give.
The simple reality behind this according to NPR's "All Things Considered" is that the constant redeployments of forces and materials are wearing
Cutting the funding to NPR would be a start!
Defense spending and providing for the common welfare are the only spending specified in the Constitution! NPR does not provide for the common
welfare of the people, it among other things should stop being subsidized by the government, so more can go to defense.
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