Santorum Dishonestly Sounds the Alarm Over Defense Cuts

Santorum Dishonestly Sounds the Alarm Over Defense Cuts January 10, 2013

At a time when the United States is the most powerful military in the world by orders of magnitude over anyone else, it takes some serious distortions to make anyone think that any cuts to defense spending will hurt national security. But Rick Santorum gives it his best shot.

To make matters worse, the only governmental function that has been severely cut back by President Obama and is scheduled to get even more harsh reductions is the most essential of all services – national defense.

Utter nonsense. Defense spending skyrocketed after 9/11 and continued to go up under Obama in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, it went down by a miniscule $9 billion, barely over 1%. In 2012, it was still over $700 billion a year, more than the next ten nations combined (about 50% more, in fact). Only on Planet Wingnuttia could that be called “severe cutbacks.”

President Obama’s own secretary of defense, Leon Panetta, described the cuts as “significant and harmful to our collective mission as an agency.” These cuts, totaling $1 trillion over the next decade would leave us with the smallest military force since 1940 (when we were unprepared for World War II), the smallest Navy since 1915 (when we were unprepared for World War I) and the smallest Air Force since it became a separate military branch in 1947.

Yes, Leon Panetta has been sounding the same idiotic alarm because he, like Santorum, is looking out for the interests of defense contractors instead of the country. The rest of this is so dishonest that his pants should have actually caught on fire when he typed it. That “smallest Navy since 1915” claim is utter bullshit. Anyone want to trade today’s Navy for that of 1915 just because we have fewer total ships now?


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