Forty-one members of Congress have signed a letter to the “super committee,” the Joint Select Committee for Deficit Reduction, calling for reductions to the Pentagon budget. The letter states:
In the ten years since the 9/11 attacks, spending on defense and security has increased 96% and totaled almost $8 trillion. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost $1.36 trillion, and taken the lives of over six thousand men and women while leaving over thirty thousand wounded. In the same time frame, the base budget for the Pentagon has mushroomed to $5.6 trillion…..
Read the full letter and see the list of signers here.