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  •  well put (3+ / 0-)
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    Pluto, kovie, poco

    People seem not to realize the massive undertaking that a structural transformation of the defense budget will be. Nowhere are there more incumbents more capable of protecting their interests than at Defense.

    •  In the decline of a superpower (1+ / 0-)
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      ...that's not a pretty picture. And clearly we're talking about "defense" and not "military."

      Denial is a drug.

      by Pluto on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:08:12 PM PST

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    •  It's probably the most powerful lobby (0+ / 0-)

      except perhaps Wall St., and probably even more powerful since it's in every state and district via bases, contractors and service members, and owns most of congress. Plus, as much as Americans love capitalism, they love the military even more. And the military brass are extremely political and savvy. These are some serious political forces to go up against and Obama knows it.

      Thank god Petraeus is no longer a viable nominee. Gotta wonder if he wasn't outed precisely for this reason. Is Obama more Chicago than we realize?

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:11:20 PM PST

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