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Wars To End War

HappiR Wrote: Aug 08, 2012 9:33 AM
Why is the military budget so big? Three reasons besides the cost of real protection 1. Bureaucracy - every large organization of human beings will ultimately behave like a bureacracy and seek to grow itself for no other reason. This is as true of the Pentagon as anything else. And like every bureaucracy, I have no doubt it could be chopped way back with no discernable difference. 2. Congressional Pork - most people in congress look on the military as benefits for their district. This might be in the form of bases or perhaps defense contracts to local businesses. It's the ultimate "run by committee" enterprise. 3. Outdated missions - mentioned in the article - do we really need to be doing everything we're doing? I have little hope fo
HappiR Wrote: Aug 08, 2012 9:35 AM
Our military is really good at that. They're not so good at extended occuplation and nation-building because WE (mostly the left) don't have the stomach for it. Also, our nation's attention and support for a military campaign is only that long - 3 months max. If done a few times (once is not enough), our enemies will eventually get the message and refrain from pissing us off.
HappiR Wrote: Aug 08, 2012 9:35 AM
hmm - got cut off - continuing from above:
I have little hope for #1 or #2. #3 requires a rethinking of just what our military missions should be for the next 10-20 years. Exactly WHAT do we want our military to be able to do on a moment's notice? And the mission DOES need to be reworked every 10 years or so, due to changing conditions.

Only once you clarify what you expect from the military can you put together a rational spending plan.

Disclosure - my current thinking about what the mission should be is this - one of short, quick retaliation to those who upset us - aka the Rubble Theory of defense. For example, in Afg. or Iraq, I would have preferred a quick 2-3 month campaign - create lots of rubble, topple regimes, etc.
HappiR Wrote: Aug 08, 2012 9:36 AM
Our military is really good at that. They're not so good at extended occuplation and nation-building because WE (mostly the left) don't have the stomach for it. Also, our nation's attention and support for a military campaign is only that long - 3 months max. If done a few times (once is not enough), our enemies will eventually get the message and refrain from pissing us off.
On his recent trip abroad, Mitt Romney observed an American taboo by not criticizing President Obama's military policy. But before his trip, he made his position clear. Obama has "exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify," Romney said.

He meant that unless Congress intervenes, Pentagon spending will be cut by more than $500 billion over 10 years under the (bipartisan) budget sequestration scheduled for January. This terrifies those who fear that limiting the growth of the military-industrial complex will leave us less safe.

But is that true? Even if $500 billion is actually cut, America still will spend...