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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-05-11 11:56 AM
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The Right Way to Trim
THE recent debt deal will slash the defense budget over the next decade. And if Congress cant agree on an additional $1.5 trillion in cuts, the laws trigger mechanism will lead to deeper reductions in military spending. The initial cuts will not imperil Americas national security, but the deeper cuts could.

The administration of George W. Bush nearly doubled the defense budget following 9/11. With the winding down of Mr. Bushs two wars, we could cut our ground forces to 1990s levels, reduce the planned purchases of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, make greater use of cheaper drones and other technologies, and deal with the escalating costs of the defense health care system without serious damage to national security. Indeed, President Obamas budget had already planned for $400 billion in defense savings by 2023.

But it is not enough to tinker with the defense budget. We also need to rethink how we use our military power. Unlike the state of affairs during the cold war, the United States and its allies today account for over 70 percent of world military expenditure. The No. 1 power no longer has to patrol every boundary and seek to police every country. Opponents of defense cuts are raising the specter of isolationism and the weakening of American power. But there is a middle way.

At the height of the cold war, President Dwight D. Eisenhower decided against direct military intervention on the side of the French in Vietnam in 1954 because he was convinced that it was more important to preserve the strength of the American economy. Today, such a strategy would avoid involvement of ground forces in major wars in Asia or in other poor countries. While it will take time to extricate ourselves from Mr. Bushs post-9/11 strategy, we must start, as the National Security Strategy of 2010 states, by recognizing that our strength and influence abroad begins with the steps we take at home. Eisenhower could have said that and no one could accuse Ike of being an isolationist.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-05-11 12:05 PM
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1. Ending the Wars Would be the Best Way to Cut Spending, Obviously
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libguy_6731 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-07-11 02:44 AM
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2. yep
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