It's time to downsize

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    In my personal opinion the US military budget needs to be cut, preferably 50% or more, and all non-essential foreign bases closed. This country would seemingly rather spend hundreds of billions of dollars to maintain its war machine and global footprint then it would putting those billions of dollars into the rebuilding the infrastructure and supporting the people of this country. Think about what our domestic capabilities would be without all that military spending. In my opinion our time as world police is over, we should embrace that, and look inward now and determine how we can move this country forward into a peaceful, sustainable, and stable future. A new attack helicopter or a new military base in some foreign desert is not the future.
     
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    Closing the embassies? I concur. Cutting the budget 50%? Hell no! We are already looked at as weak and vulnerable. We have terrible dividness and poor leadership. That would be suicide. We need our military strong. Our reputation is no longer great.
     
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    Well in my opinion embassies do not oppress or give the impression of oppression typically, but bases and soldiers do. Our military spending is huge, huge when compared to all other countries in the world. We have soldiers and bases all over the world including countries that we fought in wars over 50 years ago, yet we remain. Cutting the budget in half would still be more than a lot of countries. The only reason there is this perceived weakness is because of us spreading our defense forces across the globe.
     
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    For example think about what just 10 billion dollars of the military's budget would do for domestic projects in this country. We spend a billion on a new fighter jet that will rarely if ever be used, why? One billion dollars of the military budget towards river and beach clean up for example would benefit our future more than that jet would in my opinion.
     
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    DOD spending increased 10% adjusted for inflation...
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    Obama Increased Real Defense Spending by More Than 10 Percent
    November 15, 2012 - President Barack Obama increased inflation-adjusted Department of Defense spending by 10 percent--even while ending the war in Iraq.
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    Coburn Report on DOD Budget – Millions Spent on Storytelling Science, Breast Cancer Research, Chevy Volts
    November 15, 2012 – In a 74-page report entitled ‘Department of Everything,’ Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) outlined how $67.8 billion dollars can be saved by cutting non-defense spending at the Department of Defense, including $6 million on researching the science behind storytelling, medical research and alternative energy.

     
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    Each time, our government has reduced the size of our Armed Forces, in a short period of time, they would scramble around trying to build it up again.

    Reducing the size of our Military is viewed a sign of weakness by those who would do harm to us and our allies.

    When the Korean War began, the USMC could only send one Regiment. Mc Arthur wanted a Division.
    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

    You always want be able to deal with issues from a position of strength. No President had a greater understanding of this than Ronald Reagan.
     
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    If we would politically distance ourselves from Israel and quit supporting their terrorist government.

    We could reduce our military spending by at least 50% :cool:
     
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    Our Military is run by the UN. Obama and Panetta said so.

    Let the UN pay for it.
     
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    3'rd millennium BC : The Canaanites were the earliest known inhabitants of Palestine. They were semites speaking in semitic languages.
    Brief history of Palestine - Palestine - Home of history

    Now its time for you find out who the Philistines were and where they came from. They were not Semites or Arabs.
     
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    How would you like a 50% cut, fuckface?

    What do you do for a living?

    Let's see if you qualify to be "retained" or "cut."
     

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