Lean defense budget unveiled
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey outline the main areas of proposed spending cuts during a news conference Thursday.
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#1 Feb 2, 2012
How about Mr. Panetta and U.S. Congress calling for cuts in military bands!?
“Come Home America!”
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#2 Feb 5, 2012
Smart defense spending requires a rethinking of priorities ...
While he served as Secretary of Defense for both Presidents Bush and Obama, Robert Gates liked to point out that people in our Army bands outnumber our ...
"While he served as Secretary of Defense for both Presidents Bush and Obama, Robert Gates liked to point out that people in our Army bands outnumber our Foreign Service officers.
I suspect Secretary Gates likes band music as much as anyone, but he was making a telling point about priorities.
Last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta kicked off a critically important debate when he unveiled the Obama administration's recommendations for the next defense budget.
This budget will determine not just how much will be spent but what our future priorities will be."
Ted Kaufman makes two excellent points on reshaping US foreign policy for the 21st century. The US State Department must restore its traditional predominance in defining our values and promoting our moderate interests in a complex interdependent world order. Secondly , US Defense must downscale its 2 1/2 warmaking capacity to fit more aptly with moderate liberal international goals of domestic economic stability and international organizations world order priorities; reducing conflicts, and promoting cooperation between states on global problems such as trade, sustainable development , global warming pollution, and unchecked population growth.
Joseph S Nye Jr Redefining the national interest Foreign...... set of priorities in foreign policy, and more difficult to articulate a single national interest. Yet the United States, with... effective foreign policy. JOSEPH S. NYE, JR...
www.mtholyoke.edu/~jwestern/ir317/joseph_s_ny... "In a democracy, the national interest is simply the set of shared priorities.
regarding relations with the rest of the world. It is broader than strategic.
interests, though they are part of it. It can include values such as human.
rights and democracy, if the public feels that those values are so important.
to its identity that it is willing to pay a price to promote them. The
American people clearly think that their interests include certain values.
and their promotion abroad-such as opposition to ethnic cleansing in the.
Balkans. A democratic definition of the national interest does not accept.
the distinction between a morality-based and an interest-based foreign.
policy. Moral values are simply intangible interests. Leaders and experts.
may point out the costs of indulging these values. But if an informed public.
disagrees, experts cannot deny the legitimacy of public opinion. Polls
show that the American people are neither isolationist nor eager to serve.
as the world's police. But finding a middle course is proving difficult.
and complex. "
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