Letter to the Editor

Military spending

San Luis ObispoJanuary 11, 2013 

With all the worry about the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling and the like, it is amazing that none of our politicians are talking about cutting significantly our obscene spending on the U.S military.

We spend $700 billion per year on defense, more than the rest of the world combined.

Do we need troops in Germany, Japan and Korea, to name a few? Do we really need hundreds of overseas military installations? Do we need to continue to maintain a Cold War military establishment? We throw money down the military rat hole, while our infrastructure crumbles. Why?

President Eisenhower warned that our society might be taken over by a military industrial complex. It seems to have come to pass, and the politicians will do nothing about it despite our fiscal mess.

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