Steve Chapman on Bringing the Troops Home—From Korea and Germany

Going over the fiscal cliff may not be good for the economy, writes Steve Chapman, but it might have one valuable result: forcing Americans to reassess our enormous defense budget.

Taking $492 billion away from the Pentagon over the next decade wouldn't be hard to do if we forced other nations to take more responsibility for their own defense—and used the opportunity to reduce our overall troop strength. What's hard, and expensive, is our vast array of overseas commitments.

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