In this age of austerity, all the politicians are talking about the need for spending cuts. But when it comes to shared burdens and slashed budgets, don't expect the Pentagon to start holding bake sales anytime soon.
Any serious battle plan to reduce the deficit must take on the Pentagon. When debt ceilings and deficits seem to be the only two items on Washington's agenda it is both revealing and tragic that both parties give a free pass to military spending.
President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.
Unless you live on a small, green island off Washington State, or haven't read his books or participated in his workshops, you've probably not heard of Michael Sky. He is a dear friend, and he is dying.
Before politicians try to cut spending by breaking the promises made to our seniors, we ought to be looking at ways to cut the number of unnecessary Cold War-era installations overseas while keeping our armed forces the strongest in the world.
No one likes to pay taxes, but most Americans understand our country is stronger because we collectively fund our national priorities. But we shouldn't be asking constituents to sacrifice unnecessarily for a counterproductive war.