The threat to national defense funding that has dominated discussions in Washington and across the country for months does not even get a mention by name in the 2012 Democratic platform, much less a promise of party action.
As noted in the 2012 Republican Party platform, opposition to the enactment of sequestration, which will automatically dice about $500 billion from defense funding starting in 2013, has been bipartisan in Congress, with top Defense leaders calling the prospect of the cuts “devastating.” In the Democratic platform, released today, the subject merits half-a-paragraph and the cuts are treated as marching orders, with no urgency or mention of stopping them.
“In our current fiscal environment, we must also make tough budgetary decisions across the board — and that includes within the defense budget,” the platform reads. ” … The administration has worked with Congress to make these decisions, which has been a strategy-driven process.”
About three of the 14 pages devoted to defense and foreign policy in the platform recount president Barack Obama’s perceived successes and promises kept, from the drawdown and completion of the war in Iraq to the assassination of Osama bin Laden.