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New Question: Military Spending

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New Question: Military Spending

Monday’s foreign policy debate between Obama and Romney was perhaps most memorable for the sharp exchanges the candidates traded on military spending. This year the U.S. will spend almost $700 billion on military expenditures (more than the next 13 countries combined). Mr. Romney often cites the statistic that the U.S. Navy now has fewer ships than it did in 1917. President Obama accused Mr. Romney of not understanding the needs of the modern U.S. military by claiming the military budget no longer needs “horses and bayonets.” Three days later Mr. Romney responded with a radio ad claiming “the state of our Navy, the state of our entire U.S. military is crucial for America.”

We took a closer look at each candidate’s position on future military spending:

Barack Obama: His “budget would not reduce military spending but maintain it.”

Mitt Romney: "We're going to cut about 5 percent of the discretionary budget, excluding military."

Gary Johnson: “US military spending is more than that of every other country combined... Defense spending must be subject to the same scrutiny as other areas of the budget.”

Jill Stein: “The numbers don’t add up. We can’t keep spending on this bloated military industrial security complex without paying the price here at home.”

Rocky Anderson: “Corruption of our military industrial complex, tax money that goes to military contractors, who are often little more than bloated pork barrels.”

Virgil Goode: “Part of the cuts have to be in the Department of Defense. We cannot do, as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan suggest, increased military funding by $2 trillion over the next decade.”

Where do you side on military spending?

Gotta love this,"We're not affiliated with any party" site, yet this "Question" is "Explained" by 4 left wing loons. Gee I wonder which side they side with, lmao! If it were a truely unbiased site they would have had an equal number of so called experts from both sides of the debate offer comments on the issue....or no freaking explanation at all. This site is a joke!

Mark Lincoln

It's funny how only the third party candidates (all of them) are basically for cutting military spending.

Patrick Nelson

How about we cut military spending in half and have a standing policy of: If you attack us we will nuke you. I doubt very many people would be inclined to invade.

Scott Olsen

Go Gary J - the only sensible candidate for POTUS.

Julius Alberico

Personally I do not like to see Defense cuts, but when it is the largest segment of the budget, it becomes the bill payer for other programs. The problem is, after an extended armed conflict, much of our military equipment is wore out & needs to be replaced or rebuilt. It is the price of freedom.

Legare Knight

Our defense budget is no longer a defense Budget -It has become a budget glutted with enough money to fund the next 17 countries defense. The military industrial complex does build product and does employ people...but how much, and what type of defense is enough is the legitimate question. I am positive the Romney/Ryan comparisom of the number of ships in 1918 as compared to fleet size in 2012 was mistaken logic. I'm my navy time, One Polaris boat could stand off thousands of miles and take out a small country, while a WWI battle ship could shooot maybe 20 miles.

Pappy Papadakis

Cut the pork! We must stay strong, but that does not mean we must spend on each legislative representative to add their particular lobbyist's company in the barrell. I wish the Congress could show a little integrity.

Doriss Smith

How about using the same arguments for the military as we do for everything else? Privatize the military! Award the contract to the lowest bidder. Outsource. The free market is always the best solution, right? What are we waiting for? Just imagine the savings!

Ernesto Unionista

Bigger is not better, use your resources wisely.

Thomas Kreidler

Lets make all the nations we protect pay the full cost of our protection or provide for their own defense. Our costs would be reduced to protecting our own country and maintaining our alliances.

Mike Dinkel

I agree with Lewis Grace. Corruption is costing a forturne.

Wanda Carroll

I support our Military. They sacrifice much for each of us. We now support "the Arts" with millions of Dollars, but cut the budget of those who defend thus nation. Our government has become the Tail wagging the dog!

Armina Prescott


Karen Timcke

"Wasteful" military spending is the key word. How much of the military spending budget is 'pork barrel' spending authorized by congress and how much is just out and out corruption? As in all governmental expenditures, a closer look at where the money is being spent would save millions. Blaming either political party is useless, as these costs have been put in place over numerous administrations. However, a strong military presence is necessary for national security and supporting our previous military personnel as well as the current military personnel is a necessity.

Gilda Pitt Nelson

Military spending can, and probably should, have targeted cuts to make it more efficient. Spending more doesn't necessarily mean that you'll have the best, or the most, or the most effective systems for conflict zones. Especially when American military funding dwarfs that of the next 5-8 countries, it's time to reinvest that money for all Americans.

Andrew David Morris

We need a smart, agile, streamlined military, based on today's defense needs, combined with the most effective technologies. Additionally we need to ensure that we are developing a strong, knowledgable research and intelligence community that will evolve our capability to deal with the challenges of the future.

Terry Robbins-maushard

we need to protect this country, but we don't need to throw money away...look at the military budget and trim out what is not needed and go after contractors if they overcharge the gov.. And bring home troops, that should trim the budget.

Perry Eyler

YES, we should cut military spending. We should spend more on peaceful solutions to the world problems. It can be done if we get creative enough.

Sue Ann Overman

Current missile technology makes most of the surface navy vulnerable. The U.S. appears to have technology that could shoot down virtually all missiles, even artillery shells, and certainly fighter aircraft. The great threats are computer in nature (internet, hackers etc.) and small unit terrorist operations. Obama is correct. Romney and his "cold war" allies are out of date and wrong. We should remember the warning of General of the Army, Dwight D. Eisenhower as he left office. "Beware of the military/industrial complex." It is this bunch along with their Republicans allies like McCain and Romney et al that want to greatly expand military spending. Their motives, I suspect, have nothing to do with security and everything to do with PROFIT at the expense of the American people and many sectors of the world used to "test" new weapon systems.

Willard W. Olson


Chuck Hajek

We can keep our military strength by cutting out the pork and corruption.

Gib Sudduth

This is supposed to be the Dept. of DEFENSE. Let's stop waging wars all over the world. Bring the troops (and the dollars spent) home again.

Ernesto Unionista

There are certain systems and proposals that even the military says we don't need. We need to down size. We spend 15 TIMES MORE on defense than the next 15 highest spending countries COMBINED, and fourteen of them are our ALLIES! What the hell are we doing?

Chuck Johnston

Everything in moderation as the Buddha says.

Frank Cheng

The Dept of Defence spends more money than every nation in Europe, combined. Who are we looking to fight next? I agree we need to be prepared. Why can't we do it intelligently? Think of the education we could give our kids with that money, the universal health care we could all get, and most importantly the upgrading of our ageing infrastructure(That's airports, railways, roads, bridges etc). We need to take that money and invest it into something useful, like life, not death.

Cleveland Davis