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Friday, February 10, 2012

George Will Puts One Foot in the Realm of Making Sense

Posted by on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 8:06 AM


The U.S. defense budget is about 43 percent of the world’s total military spending — more than the combined defense spending of the next 17 nations, many of which are U.S. allies. Are Republicans really going to warn voters that America will be imperiled if the defense budget is cut 8 percent from projections over the next decade? In 2017, defense spending would still be more than that of the next 10 countries combined.

Do Republicans think it is premature to withdraw as many as 7,000 troops from Europe two decades after the Soviet Union’s death? About 73,000 will remain, most of them in prosperous, pacific, largely unarmed and utterly unthreatened Germany. Why do so many remain?

Since 2001, the United States has waged war in three nations, and some Republicans appear ready to bring the total to five, adding Iran and Syria. (The Weekly Standard, of neoconservative bent, regrets that Obama “is reluctant to intervene to oust Iran’s closest ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”) GOP critics say that Obama’s proposed defense cuts will limit America’s ability to engage in troop-intensive nation-building. Most Americans probably say: Good.

As the economy seems, for now, not the best line of attack for the GOP, it's turning to family values and saber rattling. Both of these lines, however, may not be efficacious. As George Will points out, saber rattling is useless at this time because the military is already huge, expensive, and in the middle of a long and unpopular war, and recently ended another long and unpopular war. As for the family values thing, Kellie Ferguson makes this point:
“I think this week’s outrage over the Komen decision should be a warning to the Republican party about how quickly there was a mass outrage over further and further attacks on general women’s health,” Kellie Ferguson, executive director of Republican Majority for choice... “You could see the same backlash on attacks on contraception.”
So, what's left for the GOP to attack?


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sam2300 1
You mean "... 'Puts' (no apostrophe) One Foot..."???
Posted by sam2300 on February 10, 2012 at 8:43 AM · Report this
His name is George Will Put?
Posted by suddenlyorcas on February 10, 2012 at 8:55 AM · Report this
Vince 3
Republicans are useless. Their congress is proof of that. We don't want their hateful "culture wars" and we don't want their real wars, either.
Posted by Vince on February 10, 2012 at 8:56 AM · Report this
And while we're add it, I recommend against trying to use "efficacious." It makes your otherwise solid post sound like an example in a word-a-day calendar.
Posted by David from Chicago on February 10, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
stinky 5
Say you were a bully that had beaten on pretty much every kid in the schoolyard. Would you think it smart to stop working out?
Posted by stinky on February 10, 2012 at 9:01 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 6
@5: maybe you could take a few less steroids.

military = jerbs. what else would "the troops" do? it is, and has always been, our largest welfare program.
Posted by Max Solomon on February 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM · Report this
Joe M 7
Efficacious is a perfectly cromulent word.
Posted by Joe M on February 10, 2012 at 9:21 AM · Report this
eastcoastreader 8
well, they do seem to still enjoy kicking around LGBT folks...I hope that doesn't last much longer either
Posted by eastcoastreader on February 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM · Report this
Lunch breaks, apparently....
Posted by palamedes on February 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM · Report this
TheNewGirl 10
What's left for the GOP to attack? Well there's always good old black folks... or 'blacks on welfare'. That's a standard tune from the Repub catalogue that always works well.
Posted by TheNewGirl on February 10, 2012 at 9:49 AM · Report this
Keister Button 11
So, what's left for the GOP to attack?

Pussy countries like Liechtenstein and Togo. Exert that military imperialism, war profiteers!
Posted by Keister Button on February 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM · Report this
@10 Don't forget Mexicans!
Posted by tkc on February 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
and of course, us fags. but we're standard targets for them on any day that ends with Y.
Posted by bernie on February 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 14
10) amen.
Posted by Charles Mudede on February 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 15
And, of course, Republicans were against intervention in Libya, even though that didn't require full-scale engagement with ground troops.

Actually, maybe that was the problem. They'll only cheer a war when our troops are dying.
Posted by keshmeshi on February 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM · Report this
venomlash 16
@15: The issue there was that Obama was going to get credit for handling the problem quickly and efficiently with a minimum of casualties and expenditure. When a Democrat is in the White House, you'd be surprised how quickly the Republicans can turn into peaceniks and deficit hawks through their incessant naysaying.
Posted by venomlash on February 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM · Report this
OuterCow 17
@7 Thank you for that.
Posted by OuterCow on February 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM · Report this
Fish Wrench Asteroid 18
If the leaders of our military were patriots they would offer to cut their budgets, or volunteer their resources to shore up the budget holes int the programs that make America worth defending; like public education, health care, and infrastructure. They don't love their country, they love giving our money to contractors that will make them millionaires after they retire from the military.
Posted by Fish Wrench Asteroid on February 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM · Report this
The Pentagon is a huge life support system for depravity itself.
Posted by HOT PUSSY on February 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM · Report this

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