Recently, the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Buck McKeon, a reputed defense hawk and the 2011 recipient of the “Keeper of the Flame Award”, admitted that he “doesn’t oppose defense cuts” and said that “defense must be able on the table”.
He also didn’t say he opposes the $465 bn cuts already imposed on the DOD by the debt ceiling deal.
The problems with the ridiculous “defense must be on the table” principle are that:
1) It is against the Constitution, the wishes of the Founding Fathers, the defense needs of the United States, and common sense.
2) It opens the road to steep defense cuts.
Why did Gaffney give him the “Keeper of the Flame” Award? Why did he honor him? He’s no friend of the US military. He’s no defender of defense. He’s a weak-kneed, ball-less politician who does not oppose defense cuts per se – he only opposes defense cuts above a specific ceiling (specifically, $465 bn).
On the other hand, I have always been consistent, clear, and uncompromising on defense issues. I have always opposed any defense cuts per se, including the debt ceiling deal.