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Letters: Indefensible spending

December 08, 2012

Re "Defending defense cuts," Opinion, Dec. 4

As Andrew Cockburn points out, the DefenseDepartment routinely channels huge amounts of taxpayer money to fund white-elephant projects such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the Littoral Combat Ship, neither of which would have been helpful in preventing the 9/11 attacks or in dealing with its perpetrators. The military-industrial complex continues to develop weapons designed to defend against a conventionally armed nation-state at a time when our most serious threat has come from a splintered network of cave-dwelling fanatics.

We now approach an economic "fiscal cliff" blindly funding the military with money we don't have to build machinery that doesn't work against an enemy that doesn't exist.

Michael Duffy

Simi Valley


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