Defense can be cut as long as we don't have to send burned-out troops into Syria. On second thought maybe we would have a good excuse to pull our troops out of Afghanistan so they could fight in Syria. Republicans are not in disarray. We just happen to have a House majority leader who needs a big pair of cojones. He still hasn't figured out how to play the blame game and he also assumes that most people in the US are coherent thinking individuals. Obama plays to the idiots and they are extremely useful to him. Once he has his tyrannical govt in place these people will no longer be needed.