Animosity between the Pentagon and Congress is growing as top lawmakers signal a willingness to let automatic spending cuts take effect in two weeks, with patience wearing thin among Republicans for another stopgap measure like the one President Obama is advocating.

Congress already delayed the cuts by two months as part of the fiscal-crisis deal. They’re now poised to kick in March 1.

Few in Washington actually profess to want these cuts. But, with no bipartisan alternative on the table, the capital at this stage seems divided between those preparing to grin and bear it, and those warning that the reality of the cuts is too grim to bear.