Is the Pentagon trying to start WWWIII?
Well, it wouldn't be shocking when boneheads like Wolfowitz and Feith have gotten high-ranking jobs there under this administration.
But my pal Noah has more at Danger Room. Here's a taste:
Congress could not have made itself any clearer: Do not build a whole bunch of conventionally-armed Trident ballistic missiles to go after terrorists, it told the Pentagon. The idea is half-baked, the scenarios you have come up with are far-fetched, and the weapon -- which looks and flies almost exactly like a nuke -- could very well start World War III. To force you to comply, we are cutting your funds for this program by 80%. Go put your thinking caps back on before you ask for more cash. Oh, and get a National Academies study done, too. And a haircut.Go read the rest to see we are wasting money on weapons that won't deter our real threat, stateless terrorists, and of course could only lead to war with a another country(hmm, who do you think they have in mind?).
But when it comes to these "Global Strike" weapons, the Defense Department doesn't seem to be able to take no for an answer. According to Inside Defense, "the Navy has budgeted $175 million for the project in fiscal year 2008 -- nearly $50 million more than the service requested in FY-07 and $150 million more than Congress actually appropriated for the so-called Conventional Trident Modification, or 'CTM,' during the current fiscal year." (My spies are giving me slightly different budget breakdowns; but the pig-headed idea is the same.)