May 2, 2012 11:26AM

‘Gutting’ Our Military

According to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK): President Obama’s “trip to Afghanistan is an attempt to shore up his national security credentials, because he has spent the past three years gutting our military.”


You decide: From National Defense (050) outlays, in billions of constant 2012 dollars:

  • 2009 — $696
  • 2010 — $715
  • 2011 — $716
  • 2012 (projected) — $716

The chart below shows the full context of Inhofe’s remarks.


During the Reagan years (1981–1989), national defense outlays averaged $493 billion. George W. Bush averaged $543 billion. And the post‐​Cold War average, 1991–2012, is $522 billion per year.

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