Pandering to Hawks

Abby Zimet

Among the many distressing elements of Obama's proposed spending freeze is his exemption of a famously bloated defense budget. Of a total expected to exceed $700 billion this year, a GAO report found, the Pentagon's 96 largest weapons programs had cost overruns of $296 billion – more than the salaries and health care costs for the entire military. Even his own party leaders say that to ignore such realities is hawk-pandering of the lowest order. Lawrence Korb of the Center for American Progress explains here how much better we can do.


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