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Old 01-01-2013, 08:49 AM
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Why is it never discussed to reduce the size of our military?


Military spending for the Pentagon, the wars and nuclear weapons comprises 56 percent of the discretionary spending requested in FY 2012. Demand that our representatives and senators start chopping at military spending in the range of 25 percent.

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1. Cut the nuclear weapons arsenal.

The nuclear weapons arsenal should be cut to 500 deployed warheads. This would include a 50 percent cut in the number of delivery platforms, and would include elimination of the bomber leg of the nuclear triad and consolidation of nuclear laboratory and testing facilities.3 Our proposals would cut $66 billion from the Department of Defense (DoD) budget and $21 billion from the Department of Energy (DoE) budget over 10 years.4

2. Reduce the size of the Army.

A reduction in the number of active-duty Army personnel from the current legislated end strength of 547,400 to 360,000 would save $220 billion over 10 years. This figure draws on a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) calculation that estimated the costs of expanding the Army by 65,000 personnel.6 We assume that our savings would be about two and a half times the value of the CBO estimate.

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This is why you don't cut your military you dolt.

http://www.politicalwrinkles.com/his...-immersed.html

While, Russia China, Iran, and North Korea build up their military idiots here in this country want to cut military spending and leave us weak.

Geez Louise, do you people ever think!
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The proposed cuts to defense budgets are, frankly, puny. The harshest scenario for defense cuts would only put budgets back at about the 2007 level, and they aren’t even really “cuts” to defense spending; they are reductions in the rate of growth of defense spending.

Either way, the budget for military empire and wars will grow.

The minuscule defense cuts being contemplated could easily target areas of waste. The major source of growth in annual defense budgets since 2001 has been mostly (54%) due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, much of the rest has been spent on wasteful superfluous weapons technology, bloated salaries and benefits plans, and expensive peacetime operating costs for the 900-plus military bases in 130-plus countries around the world.

Currently, the US spends more on its military than the next fourteen largest military spending countries combined. Warnings of doom to the economy, or to national security, are unfounded scare stories coming from the groups of people who benefit most from the government’s most lucrative and deadly welfare program.

‘Fiscal Cliff’ Still Leaves Pentagon Sitting Pretty -- News from Antiwar.com
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"So, you know, this is -- we really have to decide who we are as a nation. We're spending more and more money for wars. We're spending more and more money for interventions abroad. We're spending more and more money for military buildups. And we seem to be prepared to spend less and less on domestic programs and on job creation. This whole idea of a debt-based economic system is linked to a war machine...

We're increasingly dysfunctional as a nation because of our unwillingness to challenge the military-industrial complex, which Dwight Eisenhower warned about generations ago. And so, we really have to look at America's role in the world.

We have a right to defend ourselves, but we have no right to aggress. And we're continuing to aggress. And that's coming at a cost to our domestic priorities here, this idea of guns and butter. We are now thoroughly mired in an economy that's based on guns. We are not providing for the practical needs of the American people. And this budget and this fiscal cliff does in no way get into that debate."


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