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Another assignment for the Post.

Sequestration provides another example of the kind of story I wish the Post would do. All the stories I have seen seem to accept the Pentagon's claims that the planned budget cuts would do harm to essential defense. Of course, taken together, it is clear that the size of the cuts would almost certainly damage the economy and some parts of our defense, but common sense suggests that there are sensible cuts to be made at the Pentagon.

My own experience in government long ago taught me what I call the "Firemen First" principle, meaning that an agency, faced with a budget cut, will quickly announce that those cuts will result in the loss of its most essential service--firemen, for example--while the excess bureaucrats at the headquarters go unmentioned.

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly.
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Title Annotation:TILTING AT WINDMILLS; Washington Post; Department of Defense and budget sequestration
Author:Peters, Charles
Publication:Washington Monthly
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2013
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