The Return of the Keening Violins

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The Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee have rolled out another video predicting doom for the nation if defense spending is cut back to 2007 levels (check out the prequel). And, under the sequestration provisions contained in the super-committee legislation, the cuts would pretty much have to be across the board, which makes for an effective spur but is a stupid way to allocate cuts. (Although the government could decide to draft a budget that fits under the super-committee cap, and nip and tuck spending as it sees fit.)

The GOP lawmakers shuffle clips of FDR and Reagan with recent testimony from the Joint Chiefs of Staff warning of peeling back defense spending to 2007 level. That sum – close to $500 billion – is more than the Cold War average, when we were busy cat-and-mousing the Soviet Union around the globe.