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  •  The diff is that Reagan had an excuse. (3+ / 0-)
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    barbwires, Jakkalbessie, DSPS owl

    You may disagree with the excuse, but the excuse was competing with the Soviet Union, and hopefully triggering them to spend themselves into oblivion.

    With Romney, here's the funny thing: There is no excuse for ramping up military expenditures whatsoever.  None.

    The U.S. can get along just fine with multilateral diplomacy and police actions, and we have no major enemies.  If anything, we can proceed to reduce our military industrial complex and remain in fine shape while tending to more important needs in the country.

    •  Fine point. (2+ / 0-)
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      native, Steve Magruder

      The logical and prudent move is to reduce the military budget and the Congressional MIC.

      While Reagan may have had some ledge with the Cold War (and Rachel M. says no in her book Drift as far as the immediate 20%), one could also ask: is the MIC/defense budget is one of the key financial components propping up the red states (not to mention the multinationals)?  

      The truth is we are tortured by the truth.

      by walkshills on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 12:48:33 PM PDT

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    •  That's somewhat revisionist (0+ / 0-)

      Nobody in the Pentagon or the intelligence community back then was saying "The Soviets are close to spending themselves into oblivion".

      Estimates of Soviet economic and military power back then were if anything inflated.

      •  They weren't saying it publicly for obvious (0+ / 0-)

        reasons.  I was under the impression that since that time, our intelligence community has been more outspoken about what they were seeing at that time.

        •  Not what I was hearing... (0+ / 0-)

          in Strategic Air Command back then. It was all "Eeek! The Russians are 10 feet tall!".

          Nobody was saying "They're almost done for and if we just spend a little more it'll put them over edge".

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