Tag: defense

The Shrinking Military

I don’t pretend to be a defense specialist who knows exactly how many troops, missiles, and weapons systems are necessary to protect the nation. Neither do I know precisely how much fat there is in the military budget. As someone who always seeks to reduce excessive government spending, I remain open to cutting back anywhere, even in the military, if money is being spent unwisely. Yet the new proposed defense budget offered by Defense Secretary Hagel this past week has… Read more »

Obama’s “Flexibility”

A few days ago, President Obama met with the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev. At one point, when he apparently thought the microphone was off, he leaned toward the Russian president and pled with him to tell Vladimir Putin that after the election, he would have more “flexibility.” The context was a discussion about missile defense. From the beginning of his term, Obama has been no fan of developing our missile defense, and he seems to lean toward the Russian position… Read more »

Obama & Defense

Last week, President Obama announced major cuts in the nation’s defense program. I’m certain there is waste in every area of government operations, including the military. For that reason, I don’t have a knee-jerk reaction to defense cuts, as long as they do target waste and don’t weaken the nation’s ability to respond to threats. But is that what the president has done? I’ve read analysis on both sides of this issue, and while I understand the desire to focus… Read more »

For Memorial Day

Yes, war is bad. Sometimes, though, not going to war is even worse. Would we really want a Hitler controlling all of Europe? If not for the Cold War, and Reagan putting the pressure on the Soviet Union, more of the world might have come into the Soviet orbit. The lesson is clear: It would be better if we could all agree on this. That agreement has been somewhat sporadic, however: We talk a lot about the national debt, but… Read more »