By Eugene Robinson
I come not to bury the manifesto issued last week by the presidential debt-reduction commission, but to praise the most welcome of its ideas: slash defense spending along with everything else.
The panel’s co-chairmen, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, identify $100 billion in defense cuts that could be made in 2015. That would be too little and too late, but what’s almost revolutionary is the notion that if we’re ever to get this nation back on sound economic footing, we have to cut down to size what President Dwight D. Eisenhower called the “military-industrial complex.”
Eugene Robinson is a syndicated columnist. Write to him at the Washington Post Writers Group, 1150 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20071.