Budget implications of a U.S. strike in Syria
September 4th, 2013
09:42 AM ET
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Budget implications of a U.S. strike in Syria

New York (CNNMoney) – The potential U.S. military strike in Syria is raising moral and political quandaries for Washington. Does it raise a fiscal problem as well?

After all, the Pentagon's budget has been curtailed recently in ways that top officials have warned would create a "hollow" force over the next decade.

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  1. Data Driven

    As the article states: no "implications" whatsoever. The military budget has been reduced by 6.7%. We can bomb Syria all we want. Relax.

    Talk to me when we do what we SHOULD do, which is cut the military budget by FIFTY PERCENT.

    September 4, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    If the neo-Libertarians had their way, then the defense budget would have been cut even further....and no one would be questioning whether or not to punish Syria. The issue would be entirely out of the question.

    But, budgets are Boehner's immediate problem. He knows what needs to be done, said so himself yesterday. Now he has to go make it happen.

    September 4, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. john

    Obama has drawn a red line well don't the American people have a right to draw a red line also.
    A red line that says no attacks in Syria. We have a right to be uneasy about this, since the
    attack in the American embassy in Libya. That did not go very well. What is Obama getting us into?

    September 4, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Minimum of 1 trillion in new spending, we have NO MONEY for! That means 1 trillion in additional debt.

    September 4, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Thomas

    Darrell Issa volunteered to pay for the whole thing , he said he's buying a round for the house !

    Issa / Gohmert 2016
    Stand Tall or Sit down

    September 4, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. rs

    Given that 45 cents of every tax dollar winds up in the hands of the military, it would be shocking if one proposed military event created a "hollow force". Given also that the U.S. currently spends more than the next 10 nations combined on its military might, it defies logic or reason that they need more money, especially given the critical needs of this nation's infrastructure, the needs of our citizens and veterans.
    I would suggest that the military needs to refocus its priorities, and learn to live within it's massive, bloated budget.

    September 4, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. onlyfacts

    War/"military strike" = more govt employee furloughs, our tax dollars going to Halliburton and other military suppliers who are in it for profit, more deaths in Syria of innocent people while we send missiles in trying to hit Assad (remember all the "shots" at Saddam), unknown consequences of Syria take over. Our governments philosophy of we need to kill people, to kill the people that are killing people is a joke. In the end we kill more people than the original "evil doer"! We have learned nothing from our past!

    September 4, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |