Sequester Effect on the Military
I was skimming through the news and notice this headline from ABC news, "Most Back Cuts Overall – But Not to the Military". By a nearly 2 to 1 margin people are opposed to cutting the military budget in this country. Although, they did only poll about a thousand people. The people polled apparently support cutting, education, health benefits, and other social services but not the war machine.
With the sequester the department of defense will receive a roughly 8% reduction is spend equality $43 billion from defense programs.
To put that in prospective.
- The war in Iraq, according to the DOD totaled at least $757.8 billion. That doesn’t count cost of medical care for veterans, and the war in Afghanistan. Giving us over $1 billion per year of the war.
- As of 2007 there was an estimated $10 billion dollars lost through waste or mismanagement in the wars
- The United States plans to buy a total of 2,443 F-35 strike fighters at a cost of about $130 million per plane. And it doesn't even work and has never been used in combat.
- The military has 2 thousand tanks sitting on a base in Nevada that it doesn't even want and congress has forced them to buy. At roughly 8 million per tank.
Call me crazy, but I'm thinking, cutting a few broken planes and unwanted tanks from the military budget, isn't going to prevent us from fighting a war with every other country on the planet if we wanted.
In fact, even with the budget cuts the military spending in this country is projected to increase every year along with the national deficit.