One of the best lines of the previous CNN Republican presidential debate came from Newt Gingrich when discussing the super committee created in the debt ceiling negotiations. The super committee compromise is one of the issues that made me more upset with Congress than I have been in a long time. I think this quote from Gingrich pretty much sums up a lot of people’s feelings.
I mean, if you want to understand how totally broken Washington is, look at this entire model of the super committee, which has now got a magic number to achieve. And if it doesn’t achieve the magic number, then we’ll all have to shoot ourselves in the head so that when they come back with a really dumb idea to merely cut off our right leg, we’ll all be grateful that they’re only semi-stupid instead of being totally stupid.
Now, the idea that you have a bunch of historically illiterate politicians who have no sophistication about national security
trying to make a numerical decision about the size of the defense budget tells you everything you need to know about the bankruptcy of the current elite in this country in both parties. The fact is, we ought to first figure out what threatens us, we ought to figure out what strategies will respond to that. We
should figure out what structures we need for those strategies. We should then cost them.
I helped found the Military Reform Caucus. I’m a hawk, but I’m a cheap hawk. But the fact is, to say I’m going to put the security of the United States up against some arbitrary budget number is suicidally stupid.
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