RON HART: Military spending: Fewer good men

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 04:58 PM.

We have a deep and abiding respect for our soldiers. We just think Washington uses them in conflicts that are not well thought out. Neo-cons played the game that if you were against the wars of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan , like I was, you were “not supporting the troops.” They conveniently conflated your concerns about a war to insult your patriotism. When you disagree with the left, you are called a racist. This is a false argument advanced by weak minds.   

The risk to America is our spending, not that some conquering army will cross the ocean to attack us. Radical Muslim sects don’t get along with each other. The only reason they might unite is when they coalesce around their anger when we occupy their land. They aren’t a threat. They do not have processed cheese or dial-up Internet. I am no military strategist, but the progression as I see would have to be: Get processed cheese, dial-up Internet and a few ships, and then think about crossing the ocean to take over the United States .   

The real threat today is cyber warfare, not some 500,000 of our soldiers invading a country. We are always preparing to fight the last war, not the next one. We have smart bombs, but dumb politicians.

Ukraine is not our fight. The risk is to Europe . Europe should bear the cost, not us. We should get out of the business of being the world's policeman unless our national defense is truly threatened.

Our strength for now is economic, rather than military. With sanctions coordinated with the community of like-minded nations, we will have more sway. Economics matter. Even kleptocrats like the past Ukrainian leader realize you have to have economics and trade so you can steal from business owners.

When Obama took over, the Feds took $2.1 trillion from us to fund themselves. In his new budget, five years later, Obama is taking $3.3 trillion — $1.2 trillion more —  to come from us and to Washington , which, to boot, borrows 35 percent of it. If there is any hope of stopping this spending, the GOP has to be economical on defense to make Obama think of cutting the welfare state he wants to grow.  

Sadly, Obama will not use the defense cut “dividend” to pay down our debt but to pay up his political cronies.  

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