From the latest on "debt supercommission" talks:
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said President Barack Obama shares his view that the Pentagon should be shielded from any additional budget cutting.Showing just what's wrong with an imperialistic economy based on the military-industrial complex, Panetta then personalized the issue from his days in Congress:
Recalling his time as a member of the U.S. House, Panetta noted that a military base in his district was cut in 1994.
"I lost Fort Ord. ... That represented 25 percent of my local economy. So I know what it means to go through this process," he said. "We have to do this right, and we can do it right."Fort Ord is in Monterey Bay. Monterey. Carmel. Garlic and strawberry growing capitals of the U.S. just a few miles inland, centered on Gilroy and Hollister. Santa Cruz and a university to the north.
Rather, Panetta should have been decrying that a fort was 25 percent of the economy in his 17th Congressional District. (Then the 16th.)