For the record and on background, in the offices and in the corridors, the message from the Puzzle Palace this week is the same: We’ve taken one for the team. We’ve been preparing for months to absorb a $400 billion reduction in the growth of our budget over the next little while. (Maybe a decade, maybe longer.) So now, leave us alone. And if Congress’ super-team can’t come to an agreement on deficit reduction and spare us another $500 billion in reductions — which would be triggered by the Doomsday Device — all hell will break loose.
I’m perfectly willing to admit there’s plenty of room for cuts in the DoD budget. I’d personally swing a mighty axe at several programs. But as usual, liberals, Democrats, and the media (all one entity, really) think the DoD is the only piggy bank to raid to fund wasteful redistributionist programs.