SECDEF Budget Request Statements Are Reason For Concern [VIDEO]

Sequestration rhymes with castration. That is what seems to have happened to the Defense Department budget during the Obama administration. Red flags are up everywhere but National Defense is not getting the nod. The mind set in Washington seems to be that they are still cashing in on the Peace Dividend from the fall of the USSR. Hello? Nobody told Russia that they were a non issue anymore. In 2014 the Defense budget was only 17% of the national budget. They need a bigger piece of the pie.

As Reported By RT.com:

Carter defends $583bn budget, says Russia now ‘No 1 challenge’, ISIS well down the list

Russia is now the US’ number one threat, followed by China, North Korea, Iran and Islamic State, Pentagon Chief Ash Carter said at a Senate hearing on the DoD’s budget request. It comes as the Pentagon struggles to keep the budget to 2017 levels.

Challenges arising from the “great power competition” and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) still require a $583-billion military budget, Carter said at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on the 2017 defense budget request, according to a Pentagon press release.

“The first such challenge is in Europe, where we’re taking a strong and balanced approach to deter Russian aggression – we haven’t had to devote a significant portion of our defense investment to this possibility for 25 years, and while I wish it were otherwise, now we do,” Carter argued.

The Russian Defense Ministry believes that calling Russia a primary threat has become a habit in Washington’s top circles, as it happens every year prior to debate on the Pentagon’s annual budget requests.

“It is not a thing to be impressed by,” General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the ministry, said in February. “The reason is simple – the discussion of the military budget in Congress for the next year.One needs to remember that the ‘Russian threat’ has been the best-selling threat delivered by the Pentagon not only to Congress, but also to NATO partners since the middle of the previous century.”

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  • Snake

    Carter is queer as a $3 bill, and he is NOT even close to being the person that should be in charge of the things he SHOULD be in charge OF! Carter is NOT qualified to be a govt employee, he is just another butt kisser and ****sucker for 0bum8les.

  • John Ward

    We should be able to start fixing the damage this administration has done after the election, GO TRUMP 2016!!!

    • Zado

      I also agree that things will get better real fast with Mr. Trump in the White House. As for who Mr. Carter considers a threat I believe he has it backwards, it should be first ISIS, then Iran,North Korea, and then China. As for Russia I firmly believe that if Trump is elected Russia will turn into one of our strongest Allies as respect between our Country’s grows. It will be interesting to see how the huge Russian community in Brighton Beach N.Y. votes in the upcoming New York primary. As for Mr. Carter I have lost all respect for him after seeing his non reaction as his wife was being sexually molested by The Vice President Crazy Joe Biden. Most men would have taken exception to that and maybe smacked him upside the head, but after seeing that he just turned his head and returned to his prepared speech as if the job was more important than his wifes honor.