In response to Secretary Gates' budget and program announcements yesterday, some of the most recalcitrant defense spenders argue that we can't cut the defense budget while we are "at war." Consider the nature of that war; then reconsider not whether but by how much the defense budget needs to be re-sized as the nation extracts itself from the catastrophic consequences of the gigantic national mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Clearly, those who strive to pump up the defense budget claiming we are "at war" have their eye more on domestic politics and their own local economies, not what is actually happening beyond our borders.
These points are made far more cogently in a recent commentary by retired Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor in - of all places - the Washington Times. It is a sign of the change in the times; surely, the Washington Post will not be that far behind.