The Super- Committee's Failure... Politics as Usual... And the MIC

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs -Tyranny

Supreme Commander, Allied Forces WW II. President of the United States of America 1953 - 1961. A man of reason by choice. A man of war by necessity. Ultimately a leader with vision.

Fast forward to today. It seems our nation continually finds itself involved in conflict across the globe. Conflicts that in the final analysis have largely been by choice.

The United States spends more on the "defense" of our nation than the the total of the next seventeen nations who follow us in military spending.

The eighteen countries with the largest military budgets. See table below for actual dollar amounts.

It is clear that the United States has willingly assumed the role of "world policeman" and "protector of those in need of support." The cost to our nation has been staggering. Now to the point of this post.

The "Supercommitte" that was given the responsibility of finding 1.2 trillion in federal spending reductions over the next 10 years has failed. Automatic spending reductions, 50% defense and 50% domestic will occur beginning in 2013.

Does this really surprise anyone given the "state of war" that currently exists in our national political reality?

I have decided to accept the inevitably of the "draconian" cuts in projected defense spending.

(Reuters) - Automatic spending cuts that could result from a special congressional committee's failure to reach a deficit-reduction agreement could "tear a seam" in defense, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday.

The so-called super committee's failure on Monday to agree on $1.2 trillion in deficit-cutting measures triggers up to $600 billion in additional defense cuts over 10 years beginning in 2013.

"If Congress fails to act over the next year, the Department of Defense will face devastating, automatic, across-the-board cuts that will tear a seam in the nation's defense," Panetta said in a statement.

"The half-trillion in additional cuts demanded by sequester would lead to a hollow force incapable of sustaining the missions it is assigned." {Read More}

Brace yourselves for the onslaught of propaganda as to what the automatic "cuts" will allegedly engender. The case will be made that we are gutting our national defense and that military personnel will suffer in their efforts to accomplish the "mission."

As I said earlier I have resigned myself to the fact that the automatic reductions are going to occur. Our leadership is totally incapable at this point of doing the right thing because they have little to no integrity or logic.

So I did a bit of research, made some assumptions, and actually think maybe the trigger may not be such a bad thing. The numbers...

2010 United States total defense spending = $698.3 billion. Using this as a baseline, and assuming projected outlays were to stay relatively the same, the $60 billion reduction in projected spending in 2013 amounts to 8.633% of $698.3 billion. Given the winding down of the Iraq and Afghanistan engagements our cost should be significantly less. That is of course unless the next "engagement" is already on the table.

"Slashing" 8.633% from our military budget should be very doable. It is sensible, it is prudent, it is essential, and it won't hurt our ability to defend our nation one damn bit. But for those who seek to be the worlds policeman and the arbiter of influence and global power it is seen as devastating.

What say you?

Via: Memeorandum


  1. You have absolutely no conception of why we are the world's leading economic power. You speak of the US Military as though it were some idle drain of resources or worse a negative force in the world.

    The modern world exists and thrives because of our benevolent military might. We are the greatest beneficiaries of it, but billions around the world have what they otherwise wouldn't because of our omnipresence in a fallen world.

    Small minds abound. I'm reminded of the penchant for anti Christian fools who cite the Spanish inquisition as the culmination of Christian influence through the ages. So goes the rap against the United States Military around the world. (A modern world many learned fools imagine being the mere product of time passing.)

  2. Do you realize that Israel spends around 50% more of it's GDP on defense than the US? Your little chart is worthless as a means of communicating truth. It has only a single purpose. Honest it ain't.

  3. Keep yawning Les. It shows how asleep you are.

    Chuck was trying to edumacate you on the difference between absolute and relative statistics, a distinction of which you are either ignorant or you deliberately ignored.

    Chuck also explained the crucial difference between the US and other nations based on our economic interests and our leadership in security, democracy, and human rights.

    You've also joined the mob of people who have railed against the MIC using a snippets from Ike's speech, but you never bothered to read the complete speech.

  4. Some people who claim to be champions of the "individual" really only do so because they find epistemological solace in being solipsists in a world of "others". Surrounded by "lesser thans".

  5. Witnessing the Republicans and the Democrats bicker over the U.S. debt is like watching two drunks argue over a bar bill on the Titanic.

  6. I share your sentiment John. We had more eight years of Republican rule that could have accomplished so much. Instead, they simply turned the government faucet from the left sink to the right sink. 2000-2008 was the biggest waste of political capital in history... Until 2008-2010.

    I was recently reading about grants from HUD and DHS to so-called non-profits. To the extent government is not increasing its full time payrolls, I suppose I approve. But i really wonder how this money is spent. There isn't enough oversight within the individual agency budgets.

    Frankly, lots of these non-profits or thousand points of light need to disappear. ACORN was one of the non-profits providing "counseling" for po people to buy homes they couldn't afford.

    I remember Obama promising to go through the budget line by line. What a load!

  7. "We had more eight years of Republican rule

    Popular lie, but a lie nonetheless. Democrats gained control early and often. During Bush's eight year stint, the filthy scumbag democrats had control of congress about half the time.

  8. John, another great line! It just made it's way onto a page on my site titled "Quotable Quotes."

  9. Thanks grant...
    FWIW Israel spent 6.4% of it's GDP on defense while the US spent 4.7%...
    But, with all we spent, it didn't prevent 9-11!


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