The Republicans are having an internal debate on cutting defense spending. Steve Benen says this is a test of whether they are really interested in reducing the deficit. He closes with this observation.
The United States now spends about as much on defense as every other country on the planet combined. With this in mind, it's something of a litmus test: those who claim credibility on fiscal responsibility, but believe a bloated Pentagon budget is untouchable, shouldn't even be part of the conversation.
I wish we could could outspend the rest of the world on scientific research.