Defense Secretary Robert Gates To Rein-In Pentagon Spending

Verrrrry innnnnnteresting:
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Monday that he would close a military command, restrict the use of outside contractors and reduce the number of generals and admirals across the armed forces as part of a broad effort to rein in Pentagon spending.

Mr. Gates did not place a dollar figure on the total savings from the cutbacks, some of which are likely to be challenged by members of Congress intent on retaining jobs in their states and districts. But they appear to be Mr. Gates’s most concrete proposals to cut current spending as he tries to fend off calls from many Democrats for even deeper budget reductions, and they reflect his strategy of first trying to squeeze money out of the vast Pentagon bureaucracy.
So, the way I see it, conservatives heads are going to explode.

On one hand, you've got a government program being cut (or at least pared down) -- which will most certainly reduce the size of government (by a little) and therefore also reduce spending. This should be a conservative's wet dream.

However, on the other hand, many most conservatives are staunchly pro-military and pro-"homeland" protection.

So, to my conservative/Republican readers -- is Secretary Gates announcement a good thing or a bad thing? Thoughts?

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