President Biden requested a $753 billion military budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which would be the highest of all time. But this number is not enough for Republican hawks in Congress. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WI) said not increasing the budget by three to five percent would be a “red line” for Republicans. Biden’s budget request would be about a 1.6 percent increase from 2021.
“In my view, that is a red line, and if the administration is not going to be proposing a budget that meets that requirement, then I think they will need to explain to the American people why they’re unwilling to fund defense at the levels the nation needs,” Cheney said at the McAleese Defense Programs Conference, which was held virtually on Wednesday and Thursday.
“I would clearly oppose budgets that were below that number, and I think we’re going to have a very healthy debate and discussion about the administration’s proposal because it is coming in significantly below that number,” she said.
While Cheney might have fallen out of favor with the GOP over her criticisms of Trump and has been removed from her position as party leadership, her opinion on the military budget is still the prevalent view of Republicans in Congress. Leading Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee have been urging Biden to increase the budget by three to five percent.
The Pentagon has recently identified China as the top “pacing threat” to the US military, and Beijing is serving as the hawks’ justification to spend more. After Biden requested his $753 billion budget, Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Richard Shelby (R-AL) released a joint statement calling for more spending.
The statement reads: “President Biden recently said, ‘If we don’t get moving, [China] is going to eat our lunch.’ Today’s budget proposal signals to China that they should set the table.” The senators claimed China “aspires to overtake America as the world’s dominant superpower.”
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What has Haliburton’s share price been horizontal?
It would be good if this warmongering cretin would just shut up but of course that is not likely to happen; after all, she is a cheney, the spawn of loathsome warmongering dick.
I have seen reports that big money is behind this “fire hose” war monger-not a surprise, war is good, war is profitable (for the neo cons).
And all those republicans that wanted her gone because she dared question King Donald’s never ending squealing about the election are completely on board with her now.
Proving her credentials as an extreme liberal interventionist warmonger.
We were at $740 billion. Times that by 3% and we get $762 billion. So our survival against a country that spends about 1/3 of what we do is dependent on 11 billion dollars. Only Liz can be a bigger Dick than her dad.
Sorry, I meant 9 billion, not 11.
Over 65% of OUR FED tax money goes for war and it’s support. Imagine your household budget spending 65% on security and it’s greedy relatives? Halburton sure knew how to play the game. She is an Iraq war heiress. Largely paid by Halburton from the Weapons of Mass Destruction Lies & it’s war. Totally fake.
It’s not good enough for Liz Cheney that the US spends more money on the military than the rest of the world so she thinks we should spend 3-5% more on the military than we already do. It’s not good enough for her that the US is the most powerful nation in the world so she thinks we should let all our wars in the Third World that were started go on forever and more wars should start and go on forever.
China’s beating us, but economically, not militarily.
That’s what happens when you steal through industrial/military espionage, imbedding employees in US companies and exploiting University research all through criminal acts to the tune of $225 Billion to $600 Billion annually in technology and IP. Not an original though emanates from China that wasn’t stolen from the US, UK and Germany. See: Stanford U. reports, DOJ/FBI reports, Foreign Policy dot com and dozens of other sources. We should eviscerate them as these, along with intentional release of the Covid-19 virus developed through gain of function research are acts of war.
They aren’t “beating us”. They’re stealing. Get the memo.
you really need help lol.
I’m pointing out the verifiable empirical facts. There are over 100 separate cases where individuals have been charged by the FBI/DOJ and over 60 convicted from US technology companies, Universities and govt. research facilities. Only a fool or someone complicit doesn’t understand this. Would you like the data and sources or would you prefer to continue to prefer ignorant bile?
See Jamie Metzl and his comments on the Covid-19 origins. Get the memo.
“They aren’t ‘beating us’. They’re stealing. Get the memo.”
They aren’t doing either (“intellectual property” is an oxymoron).
Yes. They. Are. Half-wit.
If I’ve got a whole half, what’s your tiny fraction?
Ironic comment from a clown with a high school diploma, only.
For some unusual meanings of irony, clown, and only, perhaps.
Do you write your responses in crayon or chalk?
Do you read them in Pig Latin or Pidgin?
China is playing the long game for how much longer will amercan citizens put up with their taxes being wasted on for ever wars.
Listen up, clown. China has the largest standing army in the world with 2.185MM personnel and another 510K in reserve status. They have another 75K in their navy with has a surface warship fleet of 121 vessels, a submarine fleet of 56 platforms, and another 341 coastal patrol ships, which is larger than the US navy. They have 395K personnel in their air force organized into five Theater Command Air Forces (TCAF) and 24 air divisions. The largest operational units within the Aviation Corps is the air division, which has 2 to 3 aviation regiments, each with 20 to 36 aircraft. This doesn’t include their ballistic missile groups and thermonuclear contingents.
They are deployed in 6 nations overseas with permanent bases. Any assertion that they are not intent on being the dominant military and economic power is illiterate and breathtakingly stupid and myopic. The facts don’t support your ignorance.
Six base to Amerikas 850 plus. Yep Amerikas winning/s
Who cares what a minority back bencher thinks?
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