Originally Posted by patteeu
In other words, you don't care what the experts say. No matter what they say, you'll want to give them less.
I think the upper echeleon of the military is also very smart and as capable of playing politics as any other branch of government. Actually, I **KNOW** that to be the case. I've read plenty of books on how decisions are made in Washington, most especially by Bob Woodward, who has pretty fantastic sources on such topics. You should read them.
The concept of a cold, dispassionate military machine that somehow operates without politics is an absurd myth. They're just as political as the State Department; they just wear snazzier suits with medals and such.
The branches of the military fight with each other over defense dollars, and fight with politicians over defense dollars in general, and programs in particular. Generals "retire" to join defense contractors to lobby former colleagues and former subordinates to choose their new employer to build the next multi-billion dollar project, and every general involved in procurement knows that their best, highest, post-military job opportunity involves working with the same companies to whom they award multi-billion dollar projects at public expense.
They also work with the same entrenched politicians on Capitol Hill to defend or increase defense spending, and defend their interests in inter-agency disputes with State, or the CIA, or whomever.
They are in fact, BY FAR, the largest and best financed portion of the federal government, with a massive body of loyal adherents in the form of former members of the military.
Again, don't get me wrong, I fully applaud having the largest, strongest military in the world, but far too many see the military and their budget as a completely untouchable, for reasons that just make no sense whatsoever. Just like any other branch of the government I believe good programs should be kept, bad programs trimmed, and that they require close supervision. Instead, many seem to think that the generals and admirals will govern themselves fine, just give them what they want. It's ridiculous.
Let's at least agree that Obama appears to be lying when he claims that Mitt Romney wants to buy ships that the Navy doesn't even want. At least until he can point to a specific disconnect between Romney and the Navy.
Actually, let us not agree, since I haven't researched the topic at all and have only your word on it.