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snowjeeper 05-19-2010 07:59 AM

holy shit
Where to cut waste? The Pentagon

Gates used a speech marking the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe to argue that blank-check spending does not make the country or the world safer.

*rubs eyes and re-reads*

Perpetual3am 05-31-2010 10:59 AM

I think it's valid reasoning, he's not at all asking for undermining the defense of a nation but more the reigning in of unnecessary spending to allocate the money to other, much more needed uses like helping Americans at home. Looking at wars like Iraq I would tend to agree that the US does not need to keep spending the way it does on defense.

gezsweet 06-01-2010 09:12 AM

yeah, he's spot on. you only have to look into spending of contractors like Halliburton to know that the lack of oversight which was systemic under the Bush administration cannot be left unchecked. I remember a story about a year or 2 ago where Halliburton had not properly accounted for something like $25 billion in Iraq. that is serious mismanagement of money that could have been better spent elsewhere.

snowjeeper 06-01-2010 11:18 AM

yeah it's properly accounted for in their pockets.

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