(In response to a reader’s letter)
Which Pentagon keeps wanting blank checks? What is Barbara Ersfeld referring to in her letter of Nov 16? The Pentagon that in the last year has proposed more base closings and shutting down of major weapons systems? That doesn’t sound like they’re wanting blank checks. No, the folks that want to keep those bases open, and want to keep spending tax dollars on weapons systems that the military would like to kill are congressman and senators who want to keep money coming into their districts. Let’s get it straight here: it’s not the military that is being fiscally irresponsible. It’s people like Sens Thune, Lieberman, Murkowski, Snowe, Inhofe, Kyl and others who lobby to reinstate bases that have been slated for closure or realignment, or who want to keep pumping tax dollars into high-tech weapons systems and nuclear weapons that the military doesn’t want.