Every indication is that the debt-ceiling negotiations are leaving the defense budget in grave jeopardy.  By exposing critical defense programs to disproportionate cuts as part of the “trigger mechanism,” there is a clear risk that key defense programs will be hollowed out.

While the trigger mechanism comes into play only if the Congressional negotiators fail to reach agreement on the second phase of spending cuts, it verges on catastrophe to take such a national security risk.

Defense has already taken hugely disproportionate cuts under President Obama, and there is simply no basis for expanding those cuts further.  Republican negotiators must hold the line, since the Obama Administration plainly will not.

John R. Bolton, July 31, 2011

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16 Responses to Debt-Ceiling Negotiations Leaving Defense Budget in Grave Jeopardy

  1. GOPNYC says:

    Just heard this on the Sunday shows. Could not agree more. We are likely to get a downgrade in any event, so I would urge House & Senate GOP’s to vote NO. I would prefer the debt limit increase NOT be passed than see the Pentagon cut in wartime. They are capping cuts to entitlements, but no cap to Pentagon. If there is a similar cap to Pentagon, fine; otherwise, Mitch McConnell simply got rolled….as he did.

  2. HAWK KIEFER says:

    Since it is so clear that Defense would be in jeopardy, wouldn’t you think Republican negotiators would anticipate that and find a way to block a catastrophe?

  3. Matt Biesecker says:

    It seems that about 100% of Democrats and 90% of the Republicans don’t know basic mathematics:

    1) Revenue is about 60% of spending. Defense Spending is about 25% of the budget, Health Care and Pensions about 48%, and Interest 6%. We could zero out everything else in the budget and we are still in the hole by huge amount.
    2) Health Costs will continue to go up faster than revenues.
    3) The percentage of people over 65 continues to grow.
    4) Current debt reduction plans make assumptions of long term average of 5% GDP growth, when historical evidence suggests that a long term average of 3% growth is optimistic.
    5) Bond interest rates are likely to rise.

    Pray tell, how can we balance the budget without substantially reducing our spending on defense.

  4. mourn says:

    We are without defense.
    Since our current debt of $14.5 trillion is 145 times $100 billion, we will take at least 145 years to pay it off at the rate of $100 billion per year, interest not included. The interest is $250 billion per year. When the interest is included our new total pay off amount is at least $29 trillion on the current loan amount, but could be much higher. However, we plan to borrow much more – to keep increasing the debt indefinitely. What we have done to our nations’ children…and their children….and their children…and counting? Talk about utter selfish thoughtlessness…

    Can you imagine? Debtor says, “I would like to
    borrow some money.” Creditor says, “And what do you owe now?”
    Debtor: “So much I need at least 145 years to pay it back.” Creditor: “Tell me
    your plan.” Debtor: “I have no plan to pay it back. I will only pay
    the interest.” Creditor: “You want your kids, grand kids, and great
    grand kids to pay it back?” Debtor: “It will be very painful for me
    not to get the loan. I can print up some money if I need to.”
    Creditor: “You have no plan.” Debtor: “I am working on a plan to borrow a little less than usual – 10% less.” Creditor: “You have no plan to balance the
    budget, you plan only to keep borrowing, you print up money, you dump
    your debt on 3 future generations and counting, and you want us to believe you have integrity, and are worthy of credit and trust?” Debtor: “I want what I want when I want it, and I want it right now. Give me the loan or I will print the money!”

    We have taxed a hundred million people who won’t be conceived for 100 years. But that has not been enough for us. We have taken some of the tax money and used it today to fund some of the abortions of those presently conceived. We are without defense.

  5. Earick Ward says:

    Mr Bolton,

    Right on the money!

  6. JEB says:

    We spend more money on our defense than the rest of the world combined. That seems “hugely disproportionate ” to me.

  7. [...] “While the trigger mechanism comes into play only if the Congressional negotiators fail to reach agreement on the second phase of spending cuts, it verges on catastrophe to take such a national security risk,” John Bolton, ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush and now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote even before Sunday night’s deal was done. [...]

  8. [...] “While the trigger mechanism comes into play only if the Congressional negotiators fail to reach agreement on the second phase of spending cuts, it verges on catastrophe to take such a national security risk,” John Bolton, ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush and now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote even before Sunday night’s deal was done. [...]

  9. [...] “While a trigger resource comes into play usually if a Congressional negotiators destroy to reach agreement on a second proviso of spending cuts, it verges on disaster to take such a inhabitant confidence risk,” John Bolton, envoy to a United Nations underneath President George W. Bush and now a comparison associate during a American Enterprise Institute, wrote even before Sunday night’s understanding was done. [...]

  10. [...] “While a trigger resource comes into play usually if a Congressional negotiators destroy to reach agreement on a second proviso of spending cuts, it verges on disaster to take such a inhabitant confidence risk,” John Bolton, envoy to a United Nations underneath President George W. Bush and now a comparison associate during a American Enterprise Institute, wrote even before Sunday night’s understanding was done. [...]

  11. David says:

    Why does the VA pay for education to the family members of the military personnel. I do not think this abuse of tax payer dollars and does not do anything to help he DOD when it comes to national security.

  12. Braggi says:

    Can someone here explain why we need more than 900 military bases in about 150 countries around the world? Why do we have tens of thousands of troops in Germany? … Japan? Didn’t we win WWII? Frankly, I think we did a lot better financially by losing in Viet Nam. We don’t have to pay for any bases there, they are now our trading partners and they are allies enough we’ve done practice military maneuvers with them.

    Perhaps if we lost in Iraq and Afghanistan we could become friends with them in another couple decades. As it is, there is a growing hatred for us in the Middle East.

    Yeah, I think it’s time to cut military spending A WHOLE LOT. Let’s dump a lot of useless weapons programs and put a lot of good men and women back to work producing goods and services that add to the economy instead of having them do jobs that produce misery and animosity. We’ve already killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians in our Middle East adventures. Let’s bring the troops home safely and put them to work here at home.

  13. financial_wizar says:

    I think DC should dramatically reduce the missions of our military force abroad, pulling out all our force from other countries and focusing what we can do the best.

    Clinton strategies in dealing Serb crisis should be used in Iran, N Korea, Afganistgan and Libya situations, aiming at their miliatries and dictators from air and bombing endless over year after year without boots on the ground until mission complishing only if necessary. This would limit our cost of war to the minimal. Tell Iran and NKorea clearly and firmly, if they try to develop NK, we preserve the rights to wipe them out at any means and out of all rights. We can no longer fight the political-correct wars in future.

  14. financial_wizar says:

    I think DoD can do much better jobs in using Tax $ than before.

  15. Braggi says:

    I have NO FAITH that the military spends its money honestly or wisely. Just do a google search on “Pentagon audit” and see what you find.

    If Congress was doing its job the military would probably cost us 30% less even with all the absurd things we’re doing. If the Republicans want to cut the fat and reduce the deficit, there is nowhere better to start than the military.

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