New defense budget: diplomacy by the gun

I now am starting to see the similarities between Bush and Reagan. The new budget has defense spending at $500 BILLION for 2005 which is $50 BILLION more than this year. Ker-plunk. When was the last time that a “guns and butter” plan worked? Where’s the sacrifice for this spending? Where’s the vision and discipline with spending? Does this budget mean that diplomacy is dead for this bunch?

“The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the long-term price tag for all the planes, ships and weapons the military services want will be at least $770 billion above what the Bush administration’s long-term defense plan calls for.

The current defense budget, said Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), “is consistent with the Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz view of the world that we will essentially abandon ‘soft’ power — diplomacy and the use of international institutions — and will concentrate on ‘hard’ power — military strength that we exercise alone.”


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