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05-03-2011, 09:36 AM
US Rep. Barney Frank seeks $200B cut in defense spending

The United States spends too much to defend itself and wealthy allies from military threats that no longer exist or are greatly exaggerated, said US Representative Barney Frank, who called for cutting annual military spending by $200 billion per year.

The Newton Democrat said America’s massive defense spending is in a large part driven by the fear ingrained over 50 years of battling real threats to the country’s existence, such as the fight against the Nazis in World War II and the long Cold War standoff with the Soviet Union.

“Fear of terrorists has replaced the fear of the Nazis and the Soviets,” said Frank, in a speech today at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. “I wish you could defeat terrorists with nuclear submarines, because we have a lot of nuclear submarines and they don’t have any.”

Terrorism, said Frank, speaking less than 12 hours after President Obama announced the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces, “is a threat to our lives … but it does not threaten our very existence like the Soviets and the Nazis did.”

Frank said the United States should reevaluate its commitment to foreign military bases and large deployments of troops overseas, as well as the structure of NATO, which has become “the means by which the United States subsidizes the military budgets of our wealthy allies.''


05-03-2011, 11:08 AM
You can have it Barny if you also match it with cuts in medicare, medicaid, and in the congressional bureaucracy. How's that for fair?