Fox Business' Stuart Varney baselessly claimed that the Obama administration was using inflated cost estimates of $1 million per year per soldier to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan in order to "introduce the pressure to leave" and that the Pentagon's estimate for cost per additional soldier deployed to Afghanistan is "closer to $600,000." However, the Pentagon reportedly acknowledged that the lower estimate does not include additional essential costs such as constructing additional facilities, providing support forces, intelligence assets, weapons, and other equipment, and one Pentagon comptroller memo that did include such costs reportedly estimated the cost to be between $750,000 to $1,250,000 per soldier per year, placing the White House estimate in line with the Pentagon.
Fox News' Bill Hemmer did not challenge Rep. Trent Franks' criticism of the Obama administration for proposing to reduce the missile defense budget, failing to note that Defense Department officials have testified that the cuts allow them to more effectively manage the fleet of interceptors that counter rogue state threats.
Carl Cameron reported that House Republicans are opposing President Obama's war spending bill because it contains funds "improper in a war funding bill." But Republicans passed numerous supplemental war spending bills during the Bush administration that contained non-war spending.
The Washington Post quoted Rep. Mike Pence -- criticizing Democrats' war funding bill -- as saying, "A war funding bill should be about war funding and nothing else." But the Post did not note Pence's previous support for war funding bills that included non-defense spending.
The Washington Times published an op-ed by John R. Guardiano criticizing Robert Gates' decision to cancel the Future Combat Systems' vehicle program but did not disclose Guardiano's ties to a contractor for the FCS vehicle program.
Reporting on Robert Gates' decision to end production of F-22 fighter jets, The Washington Times quoted Tom McInerney's claim that Gates "has decimated the Air Force for the future" without noting that McInerney has reportedly served as a consultant to Northrop Grumman, a major subcontractor on the F-22.
Fox Business' Charles Payne asked whether the "piracy situation" and other recent foreign policy events will make President Obama reconsider "cutting the [military] budget," and on-screen text read: "Pirate Problem: Will President Obama Rethink Military Cuts?" In fact, the Obama administration has proposed increasing defense spending by billions of dollars.
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Sean Hannity falsely claimed that President Obama has proposed to cut "our defenses dramatically." In fact, the Obama administration has proposed increasing defense spending by billions of dollars over the amount enacted in fiscal year 2009.
The Washington Times falsely claimed in an editorial that President Obama "reneged" on campaign promises to eliminate earmarks and increase defense spending. In fact, Obama did not promise to eliminate earmarks, and he did propose a budget increasing defense spending.
The New York Times reported James Inhofe's assertion that Defense Secretary Robert Gates' proposal to cancel the Future Combat Systems vehicle program would endanger troops without noting Gates' justification for canceling the program.
Sean Hannity falsely claimed that President Obama ordered "drastic cuts in the military budget" and misleadingly cropped comments by Secretary Gates to criticize Obama over missile defense.
Human Events uncritically reported retired Lt. Gen. Thomas G. McInerney's false claim that the "stimulus package ... gives $3-billion to ACORN."
Sean Hannity falsely asserted that the Obama administration "is taking steps to cut defense spending." In fact, the administration's proposed 2010 budget would increase funding for the Defense Department and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by billions of dollars.
In reporting GOP criticism of the Obama administration's decision to end funding for F-22s, The New York Times but did not point out that Secretary Gates said the "military advice" he received is that "there is no military requirement for numbers of F-22s beyond" those that have already been funded.