WASHINGTON , Dec. 28 - The Pentagon has told the White House and Congress that it plans sharp cuts in the Air Force's program for the F/A-22, the most expensive fighter jet in history, in an effort that budget analysts said was intended to offset mounting deficits and the growing costs of the war in Iraq.
The Pentagon's decision, which four administration and Congressional officials described on Tuesday and which Congress must still approve, comes as the Bush administration is pressing all agencies to scale back spending requests for the fiscal year 2006 budget, which will be submitted to lawmakers early next year.
The White House is under pressure after the November elections to show progress in trimming federal deficits while ensuring that troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have adequate armored protective equipment. The cost of operations in Iraq alone are hovering around $4.4 billion a month.
Christ, can you imagine what Republicans would have said about Kerry if he had proposed cutting $15 billion from the F-22 program?
Well, I'm sure you can. It probably would have been something like this bullshitfest.
Course, the difference between Kerry's proposed cuts and these cuts is that Kerry was joined by a broad bi-partisan group of politicians and intelligence officials. These cuts? They have to be made.
And why? Bush's out of control spending, his irresponsible tax cuts, and his costly, ill-conceived war. With this kind of fiscal irresponsibility, it's no wonder Bush has resisted properly equipping or paying our soldiers.
And it's just absolutely hilarious to read Bush's statements over the past year about Kerry trying to cut military spending, about Kerry's "irresponsible" proposals to cut intelligence spending.
Well, you heard the fiction. Now we all get to live through the facts.