March 23, 2009
Robbing Pentagon to Pay Foggy Bottom
Jamie Fly, Weekly Standard
After initially falling for the administration's rhetoric that the $533 billion they were allocating for the Defense Department in the Fiscal Year 2010 budget represented an increase over the Bush administration's final budget (an argument skillfully deconstructed by Tom Donnelly), the press now seems to have woken up to the fact that the administration has something different in mind. Recent press reports provide a rather disturbing preview of the administration's plans for the defense budget and preparations to use Secretary Gates as a human shield of sorts to counter expected criticism from defense contractors and Republicans in Congress. It seems Gates' role in the ongoing Pentagon review is so key that he has decided to skip the NATO summit in early April so he can devote...
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