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Commentary: The right question for the defense budget

Published 06/17/2011, West Central Tribune

“Can we afford the military budget?’’ Not quite the right question, but one being asked these days even in hawkish circles. It reflects a break in the Republicans’ traditional reluctance to cut defense spending and a declining enthusiasm for changing other societies through force. The mix includes a re-emerged isolationist strain and new recognition that wars can no longer be charged on the national credit card.

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