There are ALREADY cries for America to get MORE involved in the Middle East after yesterday ‘s Paris attacks…..
The US Congress has just passed a military budget and sent it to the President….
But along with ALL of this?
The hard question of how much is REALLY enough spending for a nation whose military gets 10 Times the amount of money MORE than any country on the planet?
And I might ask…..
Who will ask critical questions about HOW the BILLIONS are spent?
Is it about fast moving jets in place of slow, old, ugly but effective ones?
Is about propping up programs that are just government handouts?
Is about pouring money into new jets that can only do a fraction of what the where said to abe able to do?
All THESE questiosn and more need to be dealt with….
But they probably won’t….
Facts are hard to insert into these affairs. Here are a few more: We’re already spending more than $100 billion more in inflation-adjusted dollars every year than we did, on average, during the Cold War. Ending the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars produced the most meager and short-lived savings of any postwar period since World War II, and now we’re headed back up, even without the Republicans’ expansive plans for even more spending.
Why spend more and more? Rubio invoked radical jihadists beheading people and China showing signs of ambition in the South China Sea.
Why? To combat ISIS, which doesn’t have any planes?
If we’re serious about substance, the next debate could add some to this back-and-forth. A detailed examination of what all this extra military spending would pay for is not in the cards. So let’s just ask the candidates to opine about the biggest ticket item of the next decade, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It is the most expensive weapons program ever launched and surely in the running for the most flawed. All the military services will be buying these planes, some (the Navy) less willingly than others.
Why? To combat ISIS, which doesn’t have any planes? To replace the current model, the F/A-18? This objective may have more to do with the contractors’ needs than with the security of the nation. And why do we need some of these planes to be nuclear-capable, when 1) we have just committed to building a new bomber for this purpose, and 2) we are committed by treaty to proceed in the direction of nuclear disarmament? Will this beefed-up capacity to drop nuclear bombs be deterring the Chinese from the South China Sea? If not, what are they for?….
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