As my friends in Texas like to say, “If it a’int broke, don’t fix it..”. The “fix” in this case is another over-budget, behind-schedule costly weapon system that doesn’t work as well as what we already have and which costs ten times as much as even an upgrade of the already-proven Patriot system.
Count me as one of the people who believes that tough cuts must be made to balance the budget and that the nation has to remain strong militarily. But there is smart spending and then there is dumb spending. Dumb spending actually undermines a strong defense. Many budget cuts are needed but will prove painful. Cutting the MEADS program is not one of them. This one is a no-brainer.