That's why Cato's Gene Healy believes that the U.S. needs to make "genuine, and deep, cuts to miltary spending."
Healy (and a book he recommends) argues that military spending as massive as that undertaken by the U.S. leads to decreased security since it encourages free-riding by American allies, and that it is no longer aimed at defense, which was its constitutional purpose.
Call for seriously downsizing DOD, and people tend to sniff at you like you reek of patchouli. Our stale defense policy debate only has room for two teams: hippies or hawks. Would you like to buy the world a Coke, or would you rather cow it into submission?
Fortunately, there's another option. Two of our better presidents pointed the way in their farewell addresses. George Washington condemned permanent alliances abroad, and Dwight Eisenhower warned against "mortgag[ing] the material assets of our grandchildren" to the "military-industrial complex."
You can read all of Healy's post here.
Cross-posted to The Shotgun.