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  •  Targeting individual defense programs is a micro (5+ / 0-)

    approach.  If we really want to cut defense, then we need a macro approach.  As long as the Defense Planning Guidance says we need to be able to handle 2 simultaneous actions, that then dictates troop strength, what weapon systems required, their numbers, etc.

    So...why are we still in Germany & Japan 70 years after they surrendered?  Why are we still in Germany in case the USSR attacks Europe?  There hasn't been a USSR since 1991.  Does anyone seriously think that Russia is capable of of a sustained attack/invasion on Europe?  Part of the reason our defense budget is so high is that we provide defense for Europe and Japan.  How about they start paying for their own defense?  After all, it's 70 years since WWII ended.  Do we really think that they will resume their former martial quests if we allow them to build up their militaries?  And, they are no longer in rubble, with their economies totally destroyed.  the UK, too, has recovered from the hard times during and post WWII.  If they have the political will, I would think that they are financially capable of defending themselves.  (I will note that the UK seriously cut their defense budget in response to the world-wide economic recession.)  

    And then we have the Middle East.  Which brings up (1) the US's relationship with Israel and (2) do we really need oil so badly that we need to shed US blood propping up undemocratic governments?

    I don't think this discussion will happen anytime soon amongst our political class.  Pity.  

    Republicans: if they only had a heart.

    by leu2500 on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 06:49:36 AM PST

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    •  leu - I am a little out of touch (1+ / 0-)
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      but I thought that the Defense Planning Action had been changed to one major action. I could be thinking of a a discussion that was in process rather than a policy change.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 10:42:36 AM PST

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