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Republicans' Convenient Disregard for The Constitution

The current Defense budget is approximately that which the DoD had in 2007--at the time we had two wars raging.  The Republicans in Congress have gotten themselves into a snit because of the sequestration cuts that continue the contraction of Defense spending--to the chagrin of their contractor benefactors and campaign donors.  

Perhaps they should answer the following questions:

Who's the enemy?

Why do we need to spend as much on defense as the next seventeen countries combined?

Why do we need to maintain troops in Europe?

The puzzling thing is that they scream about conforming with the Constitution, yet, the founding fathers clearly knew the complexities of building ships and arming them, as opposed to recruiting soldiers.  The Constitution states the Congress will raise armies and maintain a navy... so why do they continue to tell us how great an army we need when no such need exists--and violate their own allegiance to the Constitution?

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Comment by Eric Pearson on September 21, 2013 at 10:34am

TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS:

Your question:  Who's the enemy?

One answer is: "A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not traitor, he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared." - Cicero, 42 B.C.

Your question: Why do we need to spend as much on defense as the next seventeen countries combined?

One answer is: We need to keep spending because despite the heroism and sacrifice of our armed forces, America hasn’t actually won a war since World War II and hasn’t formally declared war since 1941.

Your question: Why do we need to maintain troops in Europe?

One answer is: In the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, the House of Representatives passed an amendment that called for the removal of all four U.S. Army Brigade Combat Teams (BCTs) currently based in Europe. It is likely that a similar amendment will be considered in the upcoming FY 2014 NDAA.

The sponsors of the amendment, Representatives Mike Coffman (R–CO) and Jared Polis (D–CO), argue that the U.S. should not be subsidizing the defense of its European partners at a time when many European nations are cutting their own defense budgets. However, basing American troops in Europe is first and foremost in the U.S. national security interest. It is true that the presence of U.S. forces in Europe contributes to the collective defense of European allies, but this is a consequence of, not the reason for, maintaining a robust military presence. The alternative—replacing permanent U.S. forces with rotational troops—would reduce American capabilities and influence in the region.

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