The New Yorker‘s humor is often lost on me, but this fake report on the sequester’s impact on the Pentagon is pretty funny. I particularly enjoyed the shot at Lindsey Graham – and you will too if you’ve ever seen him on the Sunday morning talk shows and in other media appearances. However, the “nine-thousand dollar pen” comment feeds a very misleading argument that has been widespread since the 1980’s (remember the $600 toilet seat charge that turned out to be not nearly as good an example of military waste, fraud, or abuse as it seeemed to many at the time). Nonetheless, enjoy:
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The spending cuts mandated by the sequester may hamper the United States’s ability to invade countries for absolutely no reason, a Pentagon spokesman warned today.
The Pentagon made this gloomy assessment amid widespread fears that the nation’s ability to wage totally optional wars based on bogus pretexts may be in peril.
“Historically, the United States has stood ready and able to throw billions of dollars at a military campaign with no clear rationale or well-defined objective,” said spokesman Harland Dorrinson. “Our capacity to wage war willy-nilly is now in jeopardy.”
In the past, Mr. Dorrinson said, the Pentagon has had the resources to fight three meaningless and completely random wars at any given time, “but now in our planning meetings we are cutting that number back to two.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R—S.C.) agreed about the catastrophic effects of the Pentagon cuts, telling reporters, “The ability of the United States to project its military power in an arbitrary and totally capricious way must never be compromised.”
The cuts are already being felt in a tangible way at the Pentagon, which today cancelled an order for a nine-thousand-dollar pen.