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  •  Obama can't wait too much longer (0+ / 0-)

    If he puts off going after the defense budget for much longer, then a speech on restructuring the military budget won't have any more long-term effect than Eisenhower's "military-industrial complex" speech.  

    I.e., if it comes at the very end of a two-term presidency, then it's just words.

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    by MJB on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:01:36 PM PST

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    •  This is going to take several administrations (1+ / 0-)
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      The ground needs to be set for such a scaleback before it can happen. It took us 30 years to become hyper-militarized and it's going to take at least 10 to reverse that. Plus, there's economic impact to consider. Many of these defense firms will have to be converted to civilian projects and that takes time.

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      by kovie on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:14:17 PM PST

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