Thursday, January 05, 2012

I Actually Don't Have a Problem With It

The "draconian" proposed cuts in the Defense Department, I mean.

I've wanted to see a reduction in the size of the US military for quite a while now, in combination with a withdrawal from overseas adventurism and perpetual warfare, which is not the US pattern of behavior until recently. We could actually cut Defense by 50% and still have the world's largest and most powerful military, not even taking into account our nuclear arsenal.

Having said that, it seems clear that President Obama and Co. want to use the money saved from defense cuts to boost entitlement and infrastructure spending, but I think that the savings, or at least a large portion of them, should go to reducing the deficit and the national debt.


Rev. Paul said...

Reduce the deficit? Reduce the national debt?

HERESY! (/snark)

TOTWTYTR said...

Not one penny "saved" will go to reducing deficits or paying off debt. Every penny will go to some meaningless social program or for some crap like high speed rail.

Local streets and highways will still crumble and we will have a military incapable of defending our nation.

Bob said...

@TOTWTYTR: When was the last time the US actually had to defend itself from a foreign invader (and I'm not talking about Mexican fruit pickers, here)? WWII, when the Japanese invaded some of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. Every war since then has been a war of choice, fought for some other country's benefit or amorphous humanitarian goals to show what good guys we are.

No one is inclined to attack us, they aren't readying warships and invasion craft that would necessitate the level of military forces that possess. If we leave off the military adventurism and perpetual warfare in other countries, we could easily cut our defense budget by 75% and still be able to defend ourselves from attack.