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Should Conservatives Cut a $646-Billion Defense Budget?

Greg 161 Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 10:26 AM
There are many things that can be cut in Defense. Troops in Korea and Germany are not needed. We have way too many bases here. The cuts must be to bloated and uneeded programs, not our overall strength.
scott s. Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 7:11 PM
I think the plan is to cut 2 combat brigades from Europe and 1 from Korea. Our current military strategy relies on forward positioning. Please advise your strategy changes that enable your proposed cuts.
drrisk2 Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 11:10 AM

Uh, we have troops stationed in more than 100 countries around the globe, and I am not talking about Marine guards at U. S. embassies, who apparently have no useful function since Egyptians can invade our embassy and burn our flag at will. Name some more countries you would like to eliminate.

scott s. Wrote: Sep 12, 2012 7:13 PM
I think you need to draw a distinction between intel, logisitcs, and other support/service troops and actual fighting line troops.

In 1989, the year President Ronald Reagan left office and the Berlin Wall came down, total spending by the Department of Defense equaled $468.7 billion in constant 2005 dollars, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

In 2005, when President George W. Bush started his second term, and the U.S. was at war in both Afghanistan and Iraq, DOD spent $473.4 billion in constant 2005 dollars.

This year, under President Barack Obama, DOD will spend $582.5 billion in constant 2005 dollars.

In inflation-adjusted dollars, Obama is spending 23 percent more on defense than Bush did when the...