Still want some facts to discuss the recission issue.
There are two ways to respond. One view is that these are cuts from prior legislation that granted money to the military. And the money was approved, regardless of whether or not it has been spent.
The second view is that Congress previously approved the military spending with no intention of every letting the military touch the money.
Your friend can use word games to make it look like nothing. But, either way you look at it, the budgeted money was shifted from the military to teachers.