The United States government has become too reliant on the business of war. As a result, it has become impossible to make any long-term fixes to our economic challenges without remaining at war. If the United States cuts defense spending, it will be forced to face economic issues here at home head on.
US spends more money on defense than any other nation in the world, and by the next biggest spenders combined. If we cut the defense budget just in a third and focused on educating children and caring for the sick, we'd make a far more positive impact on the country than throwing troops around the world for no reason than to stir up trouble.