Monday, January 16, 2012

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Superpower Adrift in an Alien World | TomDispatch

Obama's Mission Accomplished Moment?
And a Military-First Policy on a Destabilizing Planet

"Like a magician pulling the proverbial rabbit from the hat, the president described the situation this way: “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.”

This magic trick was only possible because those headlined cuts were to come largely from the Pentagon’s “projected defense spending.” You’ll get the idea if you imagine an obese foodie announcing that he’s going to “diet” by cutting back on his dreams of future feasts, even as he modestly increases his actual caloric intake."

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Superpower Adrift in an Alien World | TomDispatch

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