Gary Johnson has recently called for a 43% reduction of America’s military budget, and has stated a number of lies about America’s military spending:
“When all is said and done, there is no greater threat to our national security than continuing to borrow or print 43 cents of every dollar the government spends. As long as we continue to feed an $800 billion per year military habit, we are not making ourselves safer.”
That’s garbage. Firstly, the annual US military budget is NOT $800 bn. Not even close. The FY2011 military budget is $688 bn; that includes spending on Iraq and Afghanistan, which will zero out in FY2015. The core defense budget is just $528.9 bn. Secondly, it is not a huge portion of the federal budget. Total military spending amounts to less than 19% of the total federal budget. Thirdlyly, the US is responsible for LESS than 50% of global military spending (42.8%, to be exact), and in any case, how much other countries spend on their militaries is COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT to how much the US should spent on defense. Fourthly, even if the US were to adopt a “noninterventionist” foreign policy and stop defending (i.e. betray) all of its allies, it will still need to spend ca. $500 bn per year on defense (which, BTW, is only 3.5% of GDP). That’s how much it costs to maintain a military of 2 mn men, feed them, heal them, house them, train them, and equip them.. There is no way that we can have “a military second to none” with a $340 bn annual defense budget, which would be even smaller than any Clinton era defense budget. Furthermore, your claim that “in the face of our debt crisis everything needs be on the table” is a blatant lie. It’s the favorite propaganda claim of Democrats and RINOs (like Eric Cantor) alike. They say that “everything needs to be on the table”, but they keep many things (Including entitlements) off the table. When they say that “everything needs to be on the table”, they mean “only defense spending should be on the table”. When defense spending is put on the table, it quickly becomes the ONLY thing on the table. That’s what happened during the 1940s, late 1950s, 1970s, late 1980s, and 1990s. Johnson is lying, and I know it. Defense spending has NEVER been off the table. Not during the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s, not during the Bush era, and not during President Obama’s term.. Obama has already cut $400 bn from defense accounts, the debt ceiling deal has ordered the DOD to cut the defense budget in real terms by $350 bn over a decade, and Panetta actually plans to cut it by $450 bn over a decade. Last but not least, the Heritage Foundation has proven that even ELIMINATING MILITARY SPENDING COMPLETELY would not even stop the growth of the budget deficit, let alone reduce or eliminate the budget deficit.
Defense spending must not be cut, even by one dollar. I will NEVER support ANY candidate who supports ANY defense cuts.