It's not time to give up; it's time to get active. And when we follow Congressional debates on critical defense issues, we should keep an eye out for pork barrel interests that too often distort the development of sound policies.
While the president's plan does not go as far as it could or should in scaling back the Pentagon's spending plans, he has drawn a clear distinction between his approach and the one proposed by candidate Romney.
There is much to criticize in the Pentagon's new strategy -- most notably its unwillingness to sharply curtail the number of missions expected of our armed forces. But there are positive elements of the administration's proposed approach as well.