Doug Bedell — November 29, 2011, 2:21 pm

‘Kabuki’ Underway to Block Automatic Defense Cuts

Wired’s Danger Room blog sees an extended “kabuki” performance shaping up to insure that so-called “automatic” defense cuts don’t occur as a result of the federal budget impasse.

$600 billion in “automatic” defense cuts aren’t to take affect until January, 2013, now that a special “super-committee” has failed to resolve the spending deadlock. The automatic cuts are known as a budget “sequestration.” There are plenty of predictions, says Wired, that it will never happen.

Possibilities for the early scenes in the defense-sparing congressional theater piece are noted in the Wired post. Avoiding the steep cuts is seen as a national security issue.

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