Taking the National Debt Fight to the Pentagon

Credit where its due. Defense Secretary Robert Gates seems to be serious about putting the Pentagon on a diet, as the United States' military operations in Iraq wind down:

Mr. Gates did not place a dollar figure on the total savings from the cutbacks, some of which are likely to be challenged by members of Congress intent on retaining jobs in their states and districts. But they appear to be Mr. Gates's most concrete proposals to cut current spending as he tries to fend off calls from many Democrats for even deeper budget reductions, and they reflect his strategy of first trying to squeeze money out of the vast Pentagon bureaucracy.

Read the full story in the New York Times.