How Much Money Should Go to National Security?

“It’s a ship without sailors. It’s a brigade without bullets. It’s an air wing without enough trained pilots. It’s a paper tiger,” said Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta about the effects of the looming sequestration, which will cut more than half a trillion dollars from the defense budget over the next 10 years.

The notion that America’s military power could potentially be reduced to that of a “paper tiger” is especially frightening. Not only is the U.S. military still engaged in Afghanistan, but the recent deadly attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as well as the violent anti-American protests at several U.S. embassies, should remind us that we are living in an unsafe world during highly uncertain times—times during which questioning the allocation of at least 4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) on defense spending, as Ruth Marcus cites in her Washington Post op-ed, seem ludicrous.



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