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Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert Gates is the only one in history to have been asked to remain by the Presidents' sucessor.  I have to say overall my opinion of Sec. Gates has been favorable. With his latest endeavor I may have to even upgrade my level of respect for his intelligence.

So here's my view of the story.  Gates, on his own, offerd to cut 100 billion from his budget. No questions asked. No one demanding cuts. He indicates if the rest of us are cutting, the DOD would do their part. He was aware of weapon systems and other things they no longer needed. Impressive right? Saves everyone the trouble of even looking at his budget. He has already cut it!

Now, lets consider this generous offer. We have been spending approximately 100 billion a year for the Iraq war that has now ended. Well, almost. we will pull our last 50k in advisors sometime soon. My question now becomes, if we aren't spending 100 billion on the war and you are giving us back 100 billion of your budget, what exactly are you giving us??? Exactly what waste, fraud, abuse and redundancy have you cut? You are only giving us back the Iraq War budget that you no longer need anyway. Now I don't mean to sound completely cynical but come on. Am I missing something in this picture? Shouldn't he be able to cut out at least 150 billion since he doesn't have the Iraq budget to worry about?

And while I'm on the DOD.... One quarter of our youth are obese and can't join the military???? Well duh, what better place for an obese young person than boot camp? Especially with our unemplyment numbers.

Originally posted to SheriKeat on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 08:52 AM PST.

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  •  THIS IS NOT THE TIP JAR (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry, I keep waiting for it to pop up but it never did.  Please post a tip jar below!

    I was just going to say that Gates' generous offer seems to me exactly the sort of "flexibility" you demonstrate to begin with in a negotiation before you start digging in deep.

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 09:02:47 AM PST

  •  I still haven't seen where this includes an (0+ / 0-)

    actual reduction in the DOD budget or just a repositioning of funds.

    "Money saved in cutting overhead and other inefficient costs on weapons programs will go toward modernizing and recapitalizing military equipment and sustaining troops,"

    Indications are the budget will continue to increase but at a slower rate due to the supposed downsizing of the occupations.  

    S.A.W. 2011 STOP ALL WARS "The Global War on Terror is a fabrication to justify imperialism."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 09:09:27 AM PST

  •  Gates also fast-tracked gay integration. (2+ / 0-)
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    JohnGor0, Churchill

    Said they'd have the new procedures in place and in operation within three months.

    Very impressive; most observers were expecting it to take a year or more.

  •  How about something for all the obese people? (0+ / 0-)

    Wouldn't it be better to have a program that isn't in the military that helps people with their weight issues?  Boot camp involved a bunch of other things.  Boot camp-like government programs can happen and help people become less obese, or have normal weight without spending billions of dollars.

    I want to know why we don't cut 150 billion a year from the DOD?  Why?  I'm agreeing with you

    80% of SUCCESS is JUST showing up

    Christina Taylor Green,RIP - Gun Control NOW

    by Churchill on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 09:22:43 AM PST

  •  the purpose of boot camp... (1+ / 0-)
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    .... isn't as a fat-farm for rolley-polley teenagers.  It's to train our future warriors on the basic skills needed by every member of their service.

    And the way to get Americans to stop blimping up so much they need individual zip-codes, is to unplug the friggin' TV and let kids play outdoors as they naturally want to do.  Otherwise f---in' consumerism is going to be the death of us all.  

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