Adam Serwer looks at what Gates is actually doing to the military budget:

[D]efense spending is actually rising, and not just to keep place with inflation, just not as much as it would. Calling this a "defense cut" is a bit bizarre. Think about it this way: If you were 300 pounds, and in the next year your doctor told you that you were on the road to gaining another hundred, but you instead only went up to 350 pounds, you wouldn't be walking around telling everyone about how you "lost weight."

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