Friday, August 31, 2012

Americans ready for defense cuts

Despite the promises of even higher defense spending by the Republican platform and its nominee, Governor Romney, a conservative pollster says the American people are ready for cuts in military budgets and overseas commitments. Scott Rasmussen also notes that only about 1/3 of the people realize that the United States already spends as much on defense as the rest of the world combined.

It's discouraging to me that so much political rhetoric on national security is focused on dollars and percentages rather than threats and capabilities. It's also surprising that a presidential candidate who says he favors higher defense spending won't even mention [in his GOP convention speech] our current war in Afghanistan or how, other than by throwing dollars at the Pentagon, he would change current national security strategy.

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