Se há algo que os EUA não vão nem cogitar em cortar mais é a defesa nacional:
The top two Pentagon officials warned Thursday that the spending cuts imposed by the congressional debt-ceiling deal are as deep as the military can stand.
Further reductions beyond the $350 million to $400 million already agreed by Congress and President Obama this week would be "completely unacceptable," said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, in his first news conference since being sworn in to the post.
Mr. Panetta also argued that the Pentagon should not have to absorb any cuts that might be recommended by a special congressional committee charged with finding more than $1 trillion in further savings.
"We're already taking our share of the discretionary cuts as part of this debt-ceiling agreement, and those are going to be tough enough," he said. "I think anything beyond that would damage our national defense."
Para quem gasta mais de 500 bilhões de dólares com defesa anualmente, 400 milhões talvez façam cócegas.
Abaixo, um panorama mundial de gastos militares: