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Sat Apr 7, 2012, 07:29 AM

The Impossibility of Defense Cuts

Apparently the thing we need to keep ourselves safe is a fast, lightweight ship that can sweep mines, launch helicopters, fight submarines, and perform other assorted duties—but can’t withstand heavy combat. I don’t claim to know if we really need the Littoral Combat Ship to ensure our national security. According to an article in the Times, John McCain—the Republican Party’s last presidential nominees and one of the Navy’s more famous veterans—is critical, although other Republicans and the administration are in favor of it.

I do know that the Littoral Combat Ship is a classic example of why it’s so hard to reduce budget deficits. You have local politicians who want the jobs. You have a large group of representatives who are reflexively pro-military and will vote for anything the Pentagon wants, and even things the Pentagon doesn’t want.


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Sat Apr 7, 2012, 09:38 AM

1. If we fail to cut military spending our government will fail...

can't help but think those in government deserve that. I don't know what it would mean for the rest of us if that happens though. I guess we would all be casualties of war in that case.

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