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“In 1985, at the height of President Ronald Reagan’s Cold War arms build-up, the Pentagon budget (adjusted for inflation, to make it comparable in today’s dollars) amounted to $574 billion. Today, the Pentagon budget on the table for next year—not including the costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq—amounts to $553 billion, shy by just over 3 percent. (Including the costs of those wars shoots the figure up to $671 billion, or 17 percent higher than the Cold War peak, i.e., 17 percent more money than the largest sum the United States ever spent in one year on the military since the Korean War.)”
Do military budget cuts threaten our security? No - military expenditures threaten our security. The unerring belief in a necessary “Pax Americana” threatens our security. Belief in the right to attack, bomb, invade, and threaten whomever, wherever threatens our security.
Military budget cuts are the only thing currently standing between the United States and a constant, unending, geographically disparate, low-level state of global war; a war we cannot possibly win.
Agreed. The idea that a government would spend $574 billion dollars and not get something for their money is… well, it would be laughable if the end result wasn’t constant war.
Our apathy towards our own Government’s invading, occupying, shock-and-awe’ing other countries, that we assume must have it coming, is a disease…