Panetta’s sacred hippopotamus

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January 3, 2012
The Nation
by Robert Dreyfuss  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"It’s too much to expect that, before the 2012 election, there will big cuts to the Department of Defense. The Pentagon’s bloated budget, which has roughly doubled since the late 1990s, not counting the vast sums spent on wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere, is still a sacred, well, hippopotamus. But, on the other hand, as I reported in The Nation early last year ('Taking Aim at the Pentagon Budget'), the United States is an empire in decline, and it can no longer afford a military budget equal to the rest of the world combined." (01/03/12)  

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