America is broke. But, hey, we’re about to have a war on.
While the Congressional debate on attacking Syria on behalf of jihadi rebels in the nation is just beginning, some lawmakers already want to start throwing wads of money at the military-industrial complex that the United States doesn’t have.
Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spent Monday talking to President Barack Obama and other top White House officials about the need to reverse military spending cuts ahead of a possible Syria campaign.
The lawmakers, along with other hawks, argue that it’s time to roll back forced spending cuts known as sequestration imposed by Congress for the current fiscal year and other reductions in military funding from recent years.
“We cannot keep asking the military to perform mission after mission with a sequestration and military cuts hanging over their heads,” Representative Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told CNN. “We have to take care of our own people first.”
As the Syrian situation heats up and with the government’s 2013 fiscal year ending in four weeks, expect the military budget to get a makeover as Congress works on a 2014 spending proposal.