With all the talk of Sec. Gates hacking and slashing the DoD budget, one has to give into occasions of what if?
What if for instance, all the costs of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are rolled into the overall DoD budget of $536billion [which by the way is less than TARP at $750billion or the Stimulus Bill of $787 billion]. Suppose things heat up in both AOs? And the Pentagon goes asks Sec. Gates for a supplemental funding bill to cover the cost of increased ops tempo. He then takes it to President Obama. President Obama reviews the request, looks at the money already allocated to the DoD, looks at the climbing deficit, and says no.
Where would that leave all the American warriors? Just something to ponder.