Questions On The Defense Budget

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Admiral Mike Mullen believes that "The single biggest threat to our national security is our debt". We have amassed massive amounts of debt in the name of defense. We borrow money from China to pay for weapons that someday we might have to use against it (China). If China wanted to hurt us they wouldn 't need missiles or bombs, all they would have to do is call in their loans. Governor Mitch Daniels said," If our Nation goes over a financial Niagara (falls), we won 't have much strength, and eventually, we won 't have peace". He argues that in order to have peace we need to have a strong defense. We need to look at the defense budget from a logical nonbiased position and ask ourselves what we can do to keep defense spending low without compromising safety. "The belief that a defense budget in decline portends an America in decline." Attitudes like that can bankrupt a nation, and the public senses it." Says California Representative Howard McKeon, the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Committee. America is one of the secure countries in the world. Factors such as weak neighbors, vast ocean barriers, superior nuclear weapons, and massive amounts of wealth make America a force to be reckoned with. America does not face the same threats that other countries do. Even though our country is secure, we act as if we fear an imminent attack. Some argue that the reason we are so secure is because the defense budget allows us to be prepared on all fronts. They argue

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