The New Congress, the Deficit and the Pentagon

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In his farewell speech warning about the "military-industrial" complex, President (and former Army General) Dwight Eisenhower said that defense spending has to be weighed in the balance along with every other national program.  The new House majority, led by newly sworn in speaker, Republican John Boehner, wants to cut $100 billion from next year's budget. The Pentagon makes up more than half the spending that could be reduced, but cuts in the Defense Department are off the table. Even the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the deficit is a threat to national security, and the Pentagon is a paradigm of government waste. Why is it immune from the cost-cutting voters have asked for?  Will the Tea Party make a difference? We look at the prospects.

 

Credits

Guests:
Hendrik Hertzberg - Senior Editor, New Yorker magazine, Chris Littleton - Littleton and Associates - @clittleton, William Hartung - Center for International Policy - @williamhartung, Stephen M. Walt - Harvard University - @stephenWalt

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Frances Anderton, Katie Cooper