I am reposting an important analysis by my colleague, Charlie Kurzman. Original here.
On the subject of national security, two unexpected calms lie hidden amid the headlines of conflict. One calm is in Washington, where Republicans and Democrats pretend to debate the national security budget.
Republicans in Congress released a plan last month that insists “we are safe only when we are strong” and accuses the Democrats of sacrificing national security in the name of budget cuts. The Democrats in Congress countered last week with a plan accusing Republicans of wasteful defense spending and promising to achieve savings through “careful analysis of our security strategy.”
Yet the two plans offer identical figures for defense: $560.2 billion in the coming year and $6 trillion over the next decade.