There are just four days left until Congress takes a month-long recess, leaving the fiscal cliff hanging.
Dire consequences of the looming fiscal cliff include:
βThe obligation of the commander-in-chief is to act like the commander-in-chief and that would be to prevent these cuts, which, in the words of his own secretary of defense would devastate our national security,β said Senator John McCain at a recent town hall meeting in Virginia.
However, CNN's Erin Burnett points out that previous commanders in chief have done a lot more than President Barack Obama may be about to do. A chart from the Center for American Progress and the Department of Defense outlines how the country has been in this dilemma before:
Overall, defense spending is higher now than it was during the Cold War and during Vietnam. So, asks Burnett, βDo the claims of national security disaster add up when it comes to the sequestration?β