defensespendingcontext.jpgThe President, yesterday at the US Naval Academy.

We’ll also ensure you can meet the missions of today, which is why we’ve halted reductions in Navy personnel and increased the size of the Marine Corps. And we will ensure you can meet the missions of tomorrow, which is why we’re investing in the capabilities and technologies of tomorrow — the littoral combat ships, the most advanced submarines and fighter aircraft — so that you have what you need to succeed. In short, we will maintain America’s military dominance and keep you the finest fighting force the world has ever seen.

Yes, what we really need right now more than anything else is a larger, more powerful armed forces. $600B a year just isn’t cutting it. In particular, we need even more advanced submarines and planes, since al Qaeda’s subs and North Korea’s fighters are so awesome.

Geez.

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