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  1. Benjamin Cole

    The world has never been risk-free, but there seems to be no rising omperialist powers now. Terrorism is more annoying than a threst to our independence or prosperity.
    Egads, the Cuban Missile Crisis was a threat. Today the enemy is some moronic Islamic hillbillies minus tanks, planes, ships, let alone missiles, satellites, etc.
    The Pentagon and related parties will always fearmonger—I expect experts to see solutions to a better defense for much less money…

    1. Yet those ‘hillbillies’ inflicted the biggest loss of life in the CONUS since the Civil War.

      The ‘cut defense’ or the ‘we spend to much’ crowd has no historical persepctive.

      Guess what these cuts WILL NOT cause further global destabalization or other geostrategic calamities TOMORROW but ten years from now just you watch what the world is like if the US continues its’ global retreat.

      1. Benjamin Cole

        Since 9/11, more than 180,000 Americans have been murdered—by drunk drivers.
        So terrorists are a minute threat, in comparison.
        As for geo-stability and the rest…sheesh did we learn nothing from the Afghanie, Iraq and Vietnam follies?
        BTW, I am a libbie—libertarian that is.
        The American right’s obsession with military outlays is federal giganticus at its worst.

  2. This nation could easily afford 5% of GDP on defense or around $850 billion dollars.

    The left is always saying how great the 50’s were with high unionization and a strong middle class well we also spent almost half the federal budget on defense and over 8% of GDP HOW COME they never mention this?

    1. Benjamin Cole

      Devoting 5 percent of GDP by rote to any function financed by taxes levied on productive citizens is bad management. We should devote the minimum necessary.

      If China should arm up and become bellicose, we might have to allocate more than 5 percent to the tax-financed military. It would be a drain on our resources, and parasitic on our economy, but we would have to do it.

      Or, in a world in which only an oddball state or two even annoys us, we could spend less than 5 percent of GDP on defense, and flush the money back into the private sector–the taxpayers, whose money it is, btw.

      Somehow, I do not fear an attack by the Afghanistan Armada.

  3. Ms. Eaglan,

    What have been the total cuts inflicted on the DOD since Obama took office? I remember;

    1) $178 billion
    2) a further $400 billion
    3) Sequestration
    4) now this

    Question back in 2007-08 what was the DOD budget to be in 2018? What is it going to be now?

    1. Benjamin Cole

      The question: How can we reduce the federal burden on income tax payers to the minimum amount?

      Can we devise a defense sector that is viable for half the money?

      Has anyone even studied this? Why not?

      Have we benefitted from a military that was used by civilian leadership to occupy Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan?

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