Reason Writers Around Town: Shikha Dalmia on the Neoconservative Defense Delusion


Neoconservatives went into a funk last week when President Obama called for $400 billion in "cuts" in projected Pentagon spending through 2023. The Weekly Standard's Thomas Donnelly called the cuts "morally and strategically unsound"—never mind that what Obama has put on the table are not even actual cuts. Furthermore, notes Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia in her latest column in The Daily, America already spends more on defense than the rest of the world combined. Demanding even more so that America can keep playing global cop would be indefensible even in good economic times. "But, right now, it's tantamount to asking someone whose own home is in foreclosure to buy a new security system for their neighbor on their credit card," she writes.

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