Which brings us back to the Navy’s $30 per gallon biofuels.
The best way to stave off the defense sequestration ax is for members of Congress to take out a budget scalpel and rid the defense budget of unnecessary expenditures. The Navy’s superfluous spending on green fuel is a good place to start.
There is virtually no way to defend the Navy’s biofuels program at a time when the federal government must make every defense dollar count. As Senator John McCain has said, “adopting a ‘green agenda’ for national defense of course is a terrible misplacement of priorities.” Common sense tells us what we need to do: pay the bills we have and not incur additional costs by overpaying for green fuel for the Department of Defense.
If this misguided defense spending continues, our leaders in Washington will sail the U.S.S. National Economy over a financial cliff of Grand Canyon proportions. Make no mistake: There will be a very loud and painful thud when that ship hits the bottom of the canyon. Real American lives and businesses will be hurt.
Randy Duncan is a retired Navy captain who served at the Defense Missile and Space Intelligence Center and the Defense Intelligence Agency.