Joe Biden’s a Big Spender, But Not Quite Big Enough for Republican “Defense” Scammers

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Given that the US is drawing down its 20-year war in Afghanistan, one might expect some kind of peace dividend on the mis-named ‘defense’ line of [Joe Biden’s 2022 budget] proposal, but no such luck. Biden proposes an increase of ‘only’ 1.7%, to $715 billion, with ‘only’ eight new warships instead of the 12 called for in the Navy’s shipbuilding plan. Biden also wants to ‘invest’ in 85 more F-35 Lightning combat aircraft, one of the US ‘defense’ industry’s favorite white elephants. ‘Wholly inadequate!’ complain US Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and US Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL) …. US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) calls the general budget proposal ‘insanely expensive,’ but also gripes that ‘over time it will result in a weakened Department of Defense.’ … The US ‘defense’ budget has little to do with defense. If it was really about defense, it could be cut by 90% and still be bloated.” (05/31/21)