Romney vill öka militäranslagen med 61 %

Boston Globe granskar Romneys planer för försvaret i en lång artikel.

The cost appears to be far greater than when Romney first broached the idea several years ago, when the nation was spending closer to 4 percent of GDP on defense. Under next year’s budget, defense spending is projected to be about 3.2 percent – yet Romney has stuck by his 4 percent vow. Put another way, that means Romney proposes spending 61 percent more than Obama at the end of a decade-long cycle, according to the libertarian Cato Institute.

Enacting such an increase at the same time that Romney wants to slash taxes and balance the budget could cost trillions of dollars and require huge cuts in domestic programs. As Romney’s website puts it matter-of-factly, “This will not be a cost-free process.’’

Försvarsministern: Inga fler krig

Försvarsministern Robert Gates anser att sända trupp till ett liknande krig som Irak igen skulle vara osmart.

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates bluntly told an audience of West Point cadets on Friday that it would be unwise for the United States to ever fight another war like Iraq or Afghanistan, and that the chances of carrying out a change of government in that fashion again were slim.

“In my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should ‘have his head examined,’ as General MacArthur so delicately put it,” Mr. Gates told an assembly of Army cadets here. (NYT)

Tea Party vill ut ur Afghanistan

Tea Party anhängare som står nära Ron Paul har hela tiden stått för minskad militär närvaro i andra länder. Nu verkar man också få med sig lite fler politiker i de egna republikanska leden i den frågan.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) was the lone vote against authorizing an invasion of Afghanistan on Sept. 14, 2001. She is now joining with Republican Reps. Walter Jones (N.C.) and Ron Paul (Texas) — along with 45 other cosponsors — to reintroduce a bill that would end combat operations in Afghanistan and limit funding to the redeployment of U.S. troops and military contractors. (HuffingtonPost)