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A collection of politically progressive groups are now attempting to put pressure on the Biden Administration and Congress to use the US military’s coming withdrawal from Afghanistan as an excuse to drastically slash the defense budget.

As The Hill reports:


Forty advocacy groups from across the political spectrum are pushing lawmakers to use President Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan as an opportunity to cut the defense budget.

In a letter being sent Friday to the leaders of the defense appropriations subcommittees in the House and Senate, the organizations argue the Afghanistan withdrawal “offers an opportunity to re-examine the nation’s extremely large commitments to the Pentagon budget.”

“We are dismayed that the administration’s initial budget blueprint to Congress did not reflect a corresponding reduction in war funds, and instead included a gargantuan request of $753 billion for the Pentagon and affiliated spending,” the organizations wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill ahead of its release.

“We urge the congressional defense appropriations subcommittees to appropriate a lower topline than initially requested by the Biden administration to, at a minimum, reflect cost savings from withdrawing troops from Afghanistan,” they added in the letter to Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) and Sens. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

It seems that liberals and progressives will never waste an opportunity to weaken the US military, even if it means making America more vulnerable to its enemies.



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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Odd thought they would use to increase budget for endless wars right

Paul Rahe
Paul Rahe
1 year ago

There has never been a democrat controled whitehouse that did not cut the defense budget. Thats because they are enemies of the constition.

Anvil6
Anvil6
1 year ago

DOD has much to do: Replace equipment useful for fighting against lightly armed foes in Afghanistan with equipment suitable for fighting peer-equipped forces across the globe; Reconfigure, reequip and retrain units across all service branches to win against peer-level threats. None of this is cheap. There is no so-called “peace dividend”. There will be a heavy penalty paid in blood and treasury if we fail in those efforts.