Charlie Rose of CBS This Morning (on Tuesday 2/12/13) dragged former VP Dick Cheney out of mothballs to provide a pulpit for his opinions on National Defense and Obama’s ‘plans’ for the military. I know Cheney’s credibility in this area is non-existent so I was left to speculate why CBS would give this fossil a stage? Shared interests?
Cheney talked about Obama intentions to do “serious damage to the military”. He would like us to think John Brennan for CIA and Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense are the issues. I think not. Sequestration including large cuts to the military is about to occur. The pundits predict this one will likely happen. The Pentagon has sent out directives for the Armed Forces to start cutting costs. For example next week the Association of the U.S. Army holds their annual meet and greet for well placed military folks to mingle with military contractors. Last year 596 military personnel attended. Next week only 76 have been approved to attend.
Before military bases are closed; before unemployment rates are increased by cutting rank and file military personnel, the Pentagon will cut contracts. It’s easier than the alternatives. Among those likely to feel the pain is Halliburton aka Dick Cheney. And dig deep enough you’ll discover the shared interests the parent company who owns CBS has with the corporations that comprise the military-industrial complex. Chuck Hagel is a distraction. The real focus of Dick Cheney’s and CBS’s concerns is the looming sequestration cuts that are bound to hurt their corporate profit margins.
Editor: Cheney, btw, likes Obama’s drone policy.