Friday, July 31, 2009

Comment on The Belmont Club,
"The endless ride"

(who suggested doubling the Navy as a jobs program)
Whatever anyone thinks of your sociology your economics is on target as is your strategic vision. We should be doubling the armed forces in 48 months and laying the groundwork to double it again. We should ensure that we have 8,000 robustly survivable strategic systems in the triad and equally robust ground, air and marine forces and the logistics to go with them. If we did and Putin sneezed in Georgia's direction or Lil Kim failed to say "Please" and "Thank you." then we could just raise an eyebrow and they'd shut up. We can and always could afford this. We have the people, the technology and the money and the people would support it. The stripping of America's defenses has nothing to do with the budget. If we wanted to we could open up dozens of coal plants and mines with clean technology, real "green" jobs for real workers that work. We could also build a dozen large and 50 small secure nuclear power plants. The first step is tort reform.

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