January 03, 2012
Collapse-Up?

Two things here. First the Orwellian splendor of “build-down.” Second, Mr. Adams is unquestionably right. We don’t need a military capable of fighting two wars or 1.5 wars or even one war. We haven’t been invaded since 1812, unless you consider the question from the point of view of a Native American. Our bloated military has become the economic equivalent of a WPA in reverse, blowing things up so it can rebuild them. It would make more sense to fold the Navy into the Coast Guard, the rest of the Army into the Corps of Engineers, and the Air Force into American Airlines.

“Even at a trillion dollars, this is a shallower build-down than any of the last three we’ve done,” said Gordon Adams, who oversaw military budgets in the Clinton White House and is now a fellow at the Stimson Center, a nonprofit research group in Washington. “It would still be the world’s most dominant military. We would be in an arms race with ourselves.”

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 03, 2012 12:09 PM
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Brilliant post.

Does 1812 itself even count, given that the UK was responding to our attempt to take over Canada?

Posted by: on January 3, 2012 12:41 PM
Our bloated military has become the economic equivalent of a WPA in reverse, blowing things up so it can rebuild them.

Well said. That's the core of military spending. The disbursements function as a jobs guarantee and transfer systems backstop. Some of the jobs are very good employment indeed. Without the transfers, basket case states would be domestic Somalias.

Posted by: Jim on January 4, 2012 1:24 PM

Turning the Pentagon into a benefits company is fine with me.

Posted by: JoyfulA on January 6, 2012 5:16 PM
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