Defense: Neglected, Ignored, And Marginalized

Domestic issues, such as the economy, health care, and taxes, have always dominated electoral campaigns and the American political discourse, and deservedly so.  However, nothing explains why defense has been ignored and marginalized as an issue during campaigns and non-campaign periods.  Similarly, one must wonder why no NGO is campaigning for a strong defense on Capitol Hill. The only elections when defense issues played a prominent role were in 1960, 1980, and 1984.  Other than that, it was everyone's last concern -- a mere afterthought. This neglect of, and disinterest in, defense by the electorate and the political class alike has helped cause the low state of readiness of the U.S. military today and made it easier for opponents of a strong defense to gut it.  Here's how. President George H.W. Bush's administration and Dick Cheney canceled over 100 crucial modernization programs and significantly cut defense spending even while the Cold War was ongoing, all...(Read Full Article)

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