When Are Defense "Cuts" Actually an Increase?

Lost amid the hullabaloo over Bob Gates' proposal to end production of a couple of Cold War weapons systems (the grossly expensive F-22 and the even more strategically absurd DDG-1000 destroyer) is the fact that these "cuts" are more than offset by an increase to the core 2010 defense budget of more than $20 billion. That's right. Obama's seeking to spend more than Bush did in the 2009 budget. Yes, Gates is suggesting a slightly saner reallocation of resources. But the Defense budget is still bloated and growing larger.