Even though the actual, real budgets the Pentagon receives have essentially ignored sequestration-mandated cuts entirely, the Pentagon continues to rail about the idea, insisting that the cuts would “hollow” the military and make wars last longer.
The claim is an incredible one, in that the Pentagon’s really big pre-sequestration wars in Iraq and Afghanistan weren’t won in a timely fashion, or indeed at all. The Afghan War is now 12 and a half years old, and President Obama’s troop deal would keep troops there “through 2024 and beyond.”
The Pentagon’s budget requests continue to ignore sequestration as well, using requests for special wartime funding as a way around cuts. Despite talking up the Afghan War winding down (more or less) in 2015, the 2015 budget is still seeking $79.4 billion in wartime funds, similar to the amount approved in 2014.
Even if the sequestration cuts ever did happen, the US military would be spending nearly a factor of ten more than any other nation on the planet. Despite this, the Pentagon sees runaway military spending as woefully insufficient for the ambitious new wars they figures are coming in the next few years.
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…all you have to do is read "WAR is a RACKET" by Gen. Butler.(the only two time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient/ also Commander of the US Marines ) ALL wars are for the benefit of the Banksters/Wall Street. Gen. Butler writes that the US military is nothing but the muscle for Wall Street Gangsters. "Adequate defense on the coast line, anything else is just a Racket".– General Butler
There have been 19 two-time Medal of Honor recipients, seven of them from the US Marine Corps.
Winning wars is not on the Pentagon's agenda. Fighting wars is what keeps the money tap turned on. If a war was actually won the Pentagon's budget might be cut when it was over. That would certainly be the rational and logical thing to do. But from the Pentagon's perspective (not to mention that of war corporations) it's far better to keep fighting or losing wars, and complaining that if they were just given a few trillion more they could win.
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