• Military Myths

      In my syndicated column this week, I say that Romney misleads about military "cuts":

      Obama has "exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify," Romney said.

      He meant that unless Congress intervenes, Pentagon spending will be cut by more than $500 billion over 10 years under the (bipartisan) budget sequestration scheduled for January. This terrifies those who fear that limiting the growth of the military-industrial complex will leave us less safe.

      But is that true? Even if $500 billion is actually cut, America still will spend more on defense -- adjusted for inflation -- than we did at the height of the Cold War and the Vietnam War.

      I don't know exactly how much our military should spend. But I know there is room for cuts:

      We station soldiers all over the globe. Thousands of U.S. troops are in Germany, Japan, the UK and Italy. Why? I thought we won World War II.

      We built an air force base in Greenland to monitor the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Why are we there now?

      We station 28,500 soldiers in South Korea. South Korea's economy is 38 times bigger than North Korea's. Why does America need to pay to protect it?

      For more on how we can reform the military, the rest of the column is here.

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