http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304520804576343482047107402.html I was waiting for someone to pick up on this. Didn't see it, so I thought I would. Sorry, but I had very little respect for Gates all along. This just reinforces my opinion of him. And his replacement isn't much better when it comes to the military. And it probably wouldn't bother me so much if it wasn't for the back door pork spending that congress does, by hiding discretionary spending inside the DOD budget. Ever heard of ""Mission Force Enhancement Transfer Fund"? Well, it's in the May 27th Defense Bill. People need to stop being naive when it comes to politics. Too many people talk about presidential elections. Well, as much as I do not approve of Obama, the presidency is not the problem. Not with Obama, or Bush, or Clinton, or Bush, or Regan, or Carter, etc.... It's with congress. We need the vast majority of representatives and senators voted out of office. And if the next batch doesn't improve, you vote their sorry butts out too. "Before they get a pension". The American voter really does have the power, and IS the solution, to our country's problems. The military has been lied to for decades. From pay, to healthcare, to benefits. A good portion of the defense budget isn't even directly spent on the military. The answer is; was; and will always be: "The 10th Amendment". The federal government has way too much power. They have their hands, feet and peckers in things they have no business in. Dept education, health care, dept interior, Dept transportation, etc... should all be functions taken care of at the state level. If it doesn't deal directly with INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, or directly with INTERSTATE AFFAIRS, the federal government should have absolutely no business in it. Even the department of energy is a joke. It was formed in the late 70's because of our dependency of foreign oil. We were at 30%+. It was designed to help us eliminate or reduce that dependency. Today; we are at 70%+ dependency to foreign fuel; AND the DOE budget is up to $29.5 BILLION!!!! Oh yea; that makes a lot of freakin sense. They've really helped us reduce our dependency on foreign oil. Come on folks, wake up.