The US should cut military spending in half

Cato Institute
by Benjamin H. Friedman

04/27/09

If [US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates] has his druthers, the next military budget will look much like this one: It will still serve excessive objectives. We will still defend allies that can defend themselves, fight in other people’s civil wars in a vain effort to ‘fix’ their states, and burn tax dollars to serve the hubristic notion that US military hegemony is what keeps the world safe. To really keep us safe, we should slash defense spending. Americans should prepare for fewer wars, not different ones. Far from providing our defense, our military posture endangers us. It drags us into others’ conflicts, provokes animosity, and wastes resources. We need a defense budget worthy of the name. We need military restraint. And that would allow us to cut defense spending roughly in half...

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