posted on Jan, 23 2012 @ 05:51 PM
Being clear on the issue appears difficult for some , so lets break it down so we all understand.
Cutting back on defense, is cutting the Dept.of Defense or DoD for short.
While defense refers to a global expenditure and will include such things as covert operations, anti-terrorist measures, cost of alliances with other
nations, satellite surveillance and other things a country must do to ensure the security of it's borders which these days must also include attack
through knowledge by other nations of a country's operations through spy satellites.
" Under", (key word) the DoD there are several different expenditures, like the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force, which all fall under the category
of the "Military". Military expenditure generally refers to the armed forces including personnel, weapons and transportation exclusively which
is,The Military Budget. Which is only one piece of the pie, of the DoD budget.
With every budget, a business or a home , there are separate expenses. The DoD has a budget and one of it's expenses is military spending.
The DoD decides how it divides and spends it's budget , any cut in the military budget would come through the DoD.
Let's look at other expenses of the DoD.
Estimated cost of over $1 billion
Original cost estimates ranged over $1 billion, but Congress appropriated only $592 million in the emergency Iraq budget adopted last year. Most has
gone to a Kuwait builder, First Kuwaiti Trading & Contracting, with the rest awarded to six contractors working on the project’s “classified”
portion — the actual embassy offices.
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The fortress-like compound rising beside the Tigris River here will be the largest of its kind in the world, the size of Vatican
It will have its own water wells, electricity plant and wastewater-treatment facility, “systems to allow 100 percent independence from city
utilities,” says the report, the most authoritative open source on the embassy plans.
Besides two major diplomatic office buildings, homes for the ambassador and his deputy, and the apartment buildings for staff, the compound will offer
a swimming pool, gym, commissary, food court and American Club, all housed in a recreation building.
Embassy Baghdad ” will dwarf new U.S. embassies elsewhere, projects that typically cover 10 acres. The embassy’s 104 acres is six times larger
than the United Nations compound in New York, and two-thirds the acreage of Washington’s National Mall. Any and all parts, supplys, food, liquor
and staffing to maintain this small city would fall under the DoD budget , it will be staffed with military protection , also include dozens of FBI
agents, along with representatives of the Agriculture, Commerce and other U.S. federal departments to help rebuild the country of Iraq.
This long term commitment by the DoD budget (U.S tax dollars) is not for the military budget or for protecting America or it's people.
The Department of Defense, already infamous for spending $640 for a toilet seat, once again finds itself under intense scrutiny, only this time
because it couldn't account for more than a trillion dollars in financial transactions, not to mention , 56 airplanes, 32 tanks, and 36 Javelin
missile command launch-units.
And before the Iraq war, when military leaders were scrambling to find enough chemical and biological warfare suits to protect U.S. troops, the
department was caught selling these suits as surplus on the Internet "for pennies on the dollar," a GAO official said.
The last example of DoD out of control spending and abuse is really appalling , considering the number of american troops that lacked body armor in
The Defense Department has uncovered its own credit card scandal. Over one recent 18-month period, Air Force and Navy personnel used government-funded
credit cards to charge at least $102,400 for admission to entertainment events, $48,250 for gambling, $69,300 for cruises, and $73,950 for exotic
dance clubs and prostitutes NICE ! I wonder what they spent on booze ?
The DoD doesn't worry about it's budget and it doesn't care what the public thinks or how it spends it's money or even tracking where the money
Any funds lacking for the military are the fault of the DoD, because the DoD controls the military budget.
Ron Paul has stated, Defense cuts, NOT Military cuts, if you don't see the difference then you clearly don't see the problem.