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The Myth of Military Budget Cuts by Charles V. Peña | Antiwar.com

Last week, President Obama unveiled what is being touted as a new defense strategy intended to drive reductions in the defense budget (the first time a president held a press conference at the Pentagon). According to the president:

As I made clear in Australia, we will be strengthening our presence in the Asia Pacific, and budget reductions will not come at the expense of that critical region. We’re going to continue investing in our critical partnerships and alliances, including NATO, which has demonstrated time and again – most recently in Libya – that it’s a force multiplier. We will stay vigilant, especially in the Middle East.

Although Obama touts an “end of long-term nation-building with large military footprints,” “smaller conventional ground forces,” and getting rid of “outdated Cold War-era systems,” it still sounds like we will be defending the entire world (Asia, NATO [i.e., Europe], and the Middle East certainly encompass most of the world). And aside from “budget reductions,” this is not too unlike the Bush administration’s record.

The results of the defense review ordered by the president are outlined in Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. This document makes clear that we still have an “everywhere at once” defense strategy…

… Even though President Obama talks about a smaller defense budget, the likely result will be the opposite. In fact, the president admits as much: “Over the next 10 years, the growth in the defense budget will slow, but the fact of the matter is this: It will still grow, because we have global responsibilities that demand our leadership. In fact, the defense budget will still be larger than it was toward the end of the Bush administration.” Moreover, defense spending will continue “to be larger than roughly the next 10 countries combined.”

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