How many times larger should our military be than Russia and China? 2X? 3? 5?
We are in total agreement that our defense is upmost importance. But the military industrial complex can only snowball beyond rediculousness if the hearts and minds let it. We were warned about that from Eisenhower, I believe.
The idea of streamlining, maximizing effiency and any dollar cutback on defense riles most all concerned citizens. Most all of us agree we need to be the strongest of the strongest. It is important that we maintain that desire all the while not letting our military spending go berserk simply because no one wants to be the first to point out that defense has many areas that can be saved in.
First, we could start NOT being the aggressor's in foreign soils for corporate interests. Imagine how much money that would save. If a penny saved is a penny earned, prudent foreign policy decisions might enable us to not have to cut defense a dime.
I think the US defense fat can be cut as any other fat. It should not be considered unpatriotic to say that. Some folks are afraid to say that.
Have a great day.