With Military at ‘Turning Point,’ Defense Chief Leon Panetta Avoids Bold Moves
SEPTEMBER 04, 2012
“. . . Panetta sometimes sounds more like a congressman representing the “Pentagon district” than the leader of the world’s largest military. . . . And he regularly rails against the possibility that the Pentagon will have to absorb $500 billion in automatic cuts if Congress cannot agree on how to trim $1.2 trillion in government spending. The cuts, triggered under an arcane process known as sequestration, would come on top of an already mandated $487 billion in reductions. . . .
As he did during his days as a congressman, Panetta spends most weekends in California, commuting home on a military jet at a cost of more than $800,000 as of this spring, the latest figures available.” (Washington Post)
What politician would want to cut spending that produces so many different kinds of power?
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