July 4, 2012
Re "America's 'Pacific pivot' craze," Opinion, July 2 Max Boot calls the Obama administration's proposed military budget cuts "draconian. " Surely he is aware of the concept of the "defense" budget. I emphasize the word due to the fact that, believe it or not, there are some who think the function of theU.S. militaryhas far exceeded its stated purpose (the defense of our country) and is now more about "offense. " Example: The United States has less than 5% of the world's population, but its annual "defense" budget is about 40% of the world's total military spending.
June 2, 2012
Re "Don't trim military, Romney warns," May 29 The observation that neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney served in the military during the Vietnam War is unfair to Romney. Romney, who said in the 2008 campaign that he wished he had spent some time in the military, had legitimate excuses for not serving his country. As The Times pointed out, he was excused to attend college at Stanford and Brigham Young University and to spend 21/2 difficult years in France attempting to convert Christians to the Mormon religion.
April 3, 2012 |
With proposed federal budget cuts threatening military contracts and employment in Southern California's aerospace industry, about 2,000 Northrop Grumman Corp. workers were urged by a powerful congressional supporter to fight to save industry jobs. "I implore you, no, I beg you, to stop this from happening," Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) exhorted workers Monday morning during a rousing speech at Northrop's sprawling manufacturing plant in Palmdale, where it built the B-2 stealth bomber.
March 30, 2012 |
NEW DELHI - Sailor-suited Russian models touted their nation's submarines. Indian officers posed for pictures atop foreign-made armor-plated vehicles. And working the room at New Delhi's aging exhibition center were French, British and American arms merchants from global defense giants, elbowing each other aside in the search for a deal at Defexpo India 2012, the country's biggest-ever weapons trade show. Fueled by superpower ambitions and rivalry with China but hampered by a creaky domestic defense industry, India is on a military buying spree that's made it the belle-of-the-global-military ball.
March 3, 2012 |
It wasn't exactly a campaign-changing moment, when a presidential candidacy is altered by a seemingly spontaneous show of emotion, but Mitt Romney got a chance Saturday to show his personal side on national TV when he was confronted by the weeping father of an Afghanistan war veteran. The exchange, on Mike Huckabee's Fox News candidate forum, was a priceless opportunity for Romney, whose perceived lack of authenticity as a candidate has perhaps been his biggest shortcoming in two presidential runs.
January 28, 2012 |
Showing confidence in his rising poll numbers here in Florida, Mitt Romney hammered President Obama for proposing military spending cuts to address the spiraling budget deficit. Campaigning near the Naval Air Station Pensacola in a state with one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the country, Romney got a hand from his onetime foe Arizona Sen. John McCain, a former navy pilot who was awarded his wings in Pensacola and joked to the crowd that he did his “best to help the economy here” - devoting his entire paycheck “to cultural institutions here.” McCain struck a more serious tone when he criticized the recent budget blueprint released by the Defense Department, which would slash projected military spending by nearly half a trillion dollars.