As Pentagon chief, Cheney proposed big Pentagon cuts

Just watch the Republicans complain about Secretary Gates’ proposed changes to the Defense Dept budget. As Noah Shachtman at Wired explains, Cheney proposed huge cuts in weapon systems when he was secretary. And in fact, Cheney didn’t just propose huge cuts. He oversaw huge cuts. As I’ve written before, Cheney’s own bio, still on the DOD Web site, brags about the amount that Cheney cut the Defense budget. Cheney wanted to cut the number of US servicemembers by 27%, but ended up settling for 20%. He cut the Army by 25%. The Air Force by 22%. Had Obama cut defense that much, he’d be skinned alive by the Republicans. Maybe it’s time the GOP started explaining why Dick Cheney hates the military.

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