…living in a defense wonk’s paradise. (Cross posted from Iraq Insider)
A lot of people think the election of Barack Obama is a gift from above. I wouldn’t disagree with that point of view, although I have a very different reason for feeling excited that the era of George W. Bush is coming to an end.
When a new president and congress enter office, it can only mean one thing: GAO Congressional and Presidential Transition Reports on Defense Policy!!!!!!
Like manna from heaven, these reports provide analysts with these really cool things called facts, figures, and data sets. No, they don’t spell out defense concepts in lame acronyms like S-U-R-G-E. No, they don’t coin cutesy slogans which suggest that if you don’t think the United States should rigidly tie its defense budget to 4% of GDP, you hate freedom and like to kill puppies.
Facts. Figures. Data sets. I’m sure new White House and Hill foreign policy staffers will read these reports diligently before starting their new jobs, right? As much fun as it would be to have another Sesame Street clique parallel park the clown car at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on January 20, I’m really feeling like I want to move past that part of my life.
Seriously. Stop looking at Wonkette and go read GAO reports. Right now.