Perspective: Should U.S. military spending be reduced?

In this Jan. 9, 2008 photo released by the U.S. Navy, The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming approaches Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. The Pentagon's top policy official tells The Associated Press that the United States for the first time has deployed the newest addition to its nuclear arsenal — a submarine-launched weapon that the Trump administration says will make nuclear war less likely. (Lt. Rebecca Rebarich/U.S. Navy via AP)

PRO - It's time to put the needs of the people over the Pentagon

By Robert Weissman

Pentagon spending is, literally, out of control - and it is making America weaker, not stronger. It's time - past time - for a fundamental reorientation of the federal government's spending, with Pentagon spending slimmed and the resultant savings reallocated to address domestic and humanitarian priorities.

The almost three-quarters of a billion dollars in the annual Pentagon budget doesn't reflect any reasonable assessment of national security threats, common sense priority setting or any kind of honest reckoning with the costs and benefits of an additional billion dollars for war fighting. The result is that we are wasting hundreds of billions of dollars, fueling endless war and diverting money from other vital needs.

The Pentagon eats up more of the federal government's discretionary budget - $738 billion for the current fiscal year - than all other discretionary spending combined.