CNN Video: Ben Freeman Explains Pentagon 'Math'Tweet
December 14, 2012
CNN Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence interviewed the Project On Government Oversight's Ben Freeman on looming defense cuts. While some of the top brass at the Pentagon have talked about the cuts causing "chaos" and, as Lawrence puts it, likened their impact to "Armageddon," Freeman, a national security investigator, says that's a lot of hyperbole.
The fact is that the sensible, strategic cuts in Pentagon spending will not harm our national security or cause the sky to come crashing down. Freeman takes aim at the Pentagon's assertion that not spending money on yet-to-be-started projects should be counted as "cuts." Freeman tells Lawrence:
"I call them phantom cuts because it's not a real savings."
Topics: National Security
Authors: Joe Newman