The Defense Budget – New York Times


The New York Times is inching back slowly to its base progressive readership.  Today in an editorial entitled The Defense Budget the Times tells the President that he must start cutting from Defense outlays in order to balance the budget.

It is a tepid call for defense cuts, but it is a call nonetheless for less money for guns and more for butter.  Thank the heavens, the Times has found reason again.

For a few months now the New York Times has been uncharacteristically hawkish on the wars overseas and the defense outlays that go with these ridiculous and unnecessary “wars” where no one is expected to win but the war industry captains, the emerging market manipulators and the energy cartel moguls. 

Many of us suspect foreign influence on the editorial board.  That is all I will say at the moment about that.

Somehow or other, the Times is coming home; slowly, but coming home nonetheless.  We’ve missed you NYT.  We will take you to the woodshed over this later, right now we are glad that you are starting to walk back home toward progressive thinking on this murderous and completely ridiculous set of “wars” that do not serve any possible or clearly defined American defense need.

Maybe other nations feel that they need us involved in these ridiculous wastes of lives and money overseas, but our nation does not support these wars.

We don’t know what master you have been serving in the last few months with your breathtaking turn around from being initially against these wars of insanity to subsequently coming out in support of these atrocities of reason.  We’ll find out how and why you whored yourself out later in the day.

But as for now, welcome back.  Keep walking towards home and don’t stop on the path.  We can only hope that you have found your good sense again.

Don’t pimp yourself out again.  Not only is it unseemly for a Grand Old Dame to sell herself on a hidden agenda, you make enemies among your friends that way.

CWO3 Tom Barnes, USCG (Ret.)

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