News Release

Save the Budget, Cut the Military?


The Washington Post’s lead story today is “GOP Compromise on Debt: Cut Military Spending?” which reported: “As President Obama prepares to meet Monday with Senate leaders to try to restart talks about the swollen national debt, some Republicans see a potential path to compromise: significant cuts in military spending.

“Senior GOP lawmakers and leadership aides said it would be far easier to build support for a debt-reduction package that cuts the Pentagon budget — a key Democratic demand — than one that raises revenue by tinkering with the tax code. Last week, Republicans walked out of talks led by Vice President Biden, insisting that the White House take tax increases off the table.”

WINSLOW T. WHEELER, winslowwheeler at
Wheeler is the director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information.

Peterson is a senior policy analyst at Taxpayers for Common Sense, which has written extensively about military spending.

CARL CONETTA,  cconetta at
Conetta is co-director of the Project on Defense Alternatives at the Commonwealth Institute. See: “Left-Right Alliance on Cutting Military Budget.”