Amid reports that President Obama and House Republicans may be zeroing in on a budget deal that could cut as much as $700 billion from the Pentagon over the next decade, the "spend now, ask questions later" crowd is poised to make a political counterattack.
Military spending is not and has never been the only way to maintain and increase our national security. Diplomacy, development and prevention lead to more stabilization than does purchasing unnecessary weapons.
Robert Gates has been called the best secretary of defense in recent memory. On the other hand, he has a reputation with some as a slick career bureaucrat with a knack for avoiding blame but pocketing credit. Both are true.
If we Americans and our civilian-elected leaders don't come to terms with our over-dependence on the military, we will cede increasing authority to an institution that doesn't want it and should not have it.
Grover Norquist, toast of the left? Well, not quite, but the longtime anti-tax activist has been winning favorable mention in seemingly unusual quarters recently for pushing a debate on withdrawing from Afghanistan.