Friday, July 10, 2009
To Mitigate Economic Armageddon: Slash the Defense Budget
To Mitigate Economic Armageddon: Slash the Defense Budget by Ivan Eland
Some clips from this article:
"The U.S. government is deeper in debt than it has been since just after World War II. When Bill Clinton, who actually reduced the federal deficit as a portion of GDP, left office, the Congressional Budget Office projected an $800 billion dollar yearly budget surplus for the years 2009 to 2012. Now CBO projects an annual budget deficit of a whopping $1.2 trillion. "
"To really put a dent in the $1.2 trillion dollar deficit, the U.S. must end the counterproductive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and, instead of bringing the forces home, simply dismantle them"
"In other words, the nation must take the radical step of designing a much more modest military that fulfills only the Constitutional mandate to "provide for the common defense," instead of maintaining a global armed presence and constantly intervening in the affairs of other nations — that is, being offensive. Adopting the more restrained foreign policy of a republic, instead of the current expansive posture of an empire, and significantly shrinking the standing armed forces would return America to the fine tradition of the nation’s founders. "