HOT BLAST: Other ways to look at the trimming of the U.S. military budget
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel
Calhoun County is one place in the United States that understands full well the local impact of the federal military budget.

Last week, The Star reported that Anniston Army Depot brass expect a budget cut in fiscal 2015 that would cause a reduction in the work force. That's a big deal around here.

Nevertheless, when discussing trimming the military budget, it's good to also consider the big picture -- which this report from Think Progress does quite well. Sometimes, the obvious isn't just obvious -- it's important, too. The authors wrote, "... The kind of war you really worry about if you’re an American war planner — wars with another state, like China or Iran — are practically extinct. 'Since the end of the Second World War, the number of ongoing interstate conflicts involving at least 25 battle casualties has ranged from zero to six,' war scholars Christian Davenport and Scott Gates write. 'Moreover, the trend has been one of decline:' from 2003-2008, there wasn’t a single interstate war.

"In short: we live in the safest time in human history. (Defense Secretary Chuck) Hagel’s plan to limit (not end) America’s ability to fight two wars at once is hardly out of line."

-- Phillip Tutor
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