The Military Taboo

Nicholas D. Kristoff goes out on a limb to make the case that military spending by the US government is too high.

Let me be clear: I’m a believer in a robust military, which is essential for backing up diplomacy. But the implication is that we need a balanced tool chest of diplomatic and military tools alike. Instead, we have a billionaire military and a pauper diplomacy. The U.S. military now has more people in its marching bands than the State Department has in its foreign service — and that’s preposterous.

The problem with Kristoff’s op-ed is he’s telling us something we don’t already know.  At some point, to fix the budgetary problems, the US government is going to have to increase their revenue (hence more taxes) and slash spending at both the military and entitlement level.  It’s really the only way.

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