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Cut Commitments, Not Muscle

goatlockerloungelizard Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 11:08 AM
My own view is that we should offer to continue providing defense for allied nations - for a price, in hard currency. We could turn our national expertise at making war -- obtained through the blood and money of our citizens for many, many years -- into a profit making enterprise, which could in turn help fund our government.

In that year of happy memory, 1972, George McGovern, the Democratic nominee, declared he would chop defense by fully one-third.

A friendly congressman was persuaded to ask Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird to expatiate on what this might mean.

The Pentagon replied the Sixth Fleet might have to be pulled out of the Med, leaving Israel without U.S. protection against the fleet of Adm. Sergei Gorshkov, and provided the congressman a list of U.S. bases that would have to be shut down.

Radio ads were run in the towns closest to the bases on the Pentagon list, declaring they would be...