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© Stuart Carlson

I don’t get it. With Bush’s two wars winding down, of course it makes sense to start cutting back on military spending. Even with Obama’s proposed cuts, we would still spend more on our military than any other country in the world. In fact, we would still be spending as much as the next ten countries put together! Isn’t that enough?

And realize that the $487 billion in cuts over the next decade are cuts to projected spending.

Who’s serious about balancing the budget?



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    REAL MEN LOVE WARS,EVEN IF THEY DON’T PARTICIPATE LIKE Cheney/Bush. My neighbor had four tours of duty in Iraq and wanted to go back. Since that horrible President Obama stopped the false war, my neighbor took to stalking and terrorizing me. He wanted a war. I went into temporary insanity which I now recovering from. I understand all the fear in the “thrillers” I read.

    Monday, January 9, 2012 at 6:29 am | Permalink
  2. Don wrote:

    In reading the explanation of the proposed reduced spending increases to the DOD budget yesterday, I was pretty disgusted. Current military budget is more than twice what it was in 2001. Even more so if one counts the $billions spent on the Department of Homeland Security as well as the Department of Energy’s nuke programs. Don’t lose sight of the fact that the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not included in the general DOD budget – they were invariably under special budget appropriations so our DOD budget the last 9 years has been even bigger than the numbers currently being cited. The number, if my memory serves me correctly, was a shade under $1 trillion for DOD. So when you add all the add-ons, I guess there is a reduction in DOD spending because we don’t have those supplemental appropriations dragging us even further down the deficit rathole – well except for the $100 billion a year for Afghanistan.

    No, overall, I’m pretty disappointed. We live in one of the most war-mongering nations on the face of the earth and I’m ready for us to back off as the world’s military policeman and start acting as the world’s diplomatic solution engine.

    @EBDOUG – I’m terribly sorry you too are a victim of our international military actions. Keep coming back.

    Monday, January 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Permalink
  3. Scott wrote:

    It’s only a legitimate balanced budget idea when it involves cutting programs that treat people like human beings, not Citizens United-defined corporations, especially big-contributing defense contractors.

    Monday, January 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Permalink