“Congress, in writing the Budget Control Act, did not design sequester to be rational. Sequester was supposed to be the trigger, a trigger so irrational that the prospect of it would drive and force the leadership to do what was needed, which is to put together an overall budget package for the nation's finances that could win wide support. Sequester was designed to be irrational.”

— Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, in remarks at the American Enterprise Institute on Wednesday

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