The military is the president's primary duty.
1:45 PM, Jun 17, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
In the Boston Globe, Josh Green shares his latest epiphany:
Well, gee wizard, why hasn't anyone thought of this one before? Let's cut the military budget, and give the money saved to entitlement programs.
Green, however, leaves out an important little fact: We're in the middle of two wars, and a broader struggle against jihadists around the world. Perhaps there are prudent reasons for having a robust -- dare one say, even larger -- military, but you'd never know that from reading Green's piece.
Green thinks cutting military spending is an issue the Tea Partiers and "true deficit hawks" can get behind. And Obama, too, should get behind these military-cutting efforts and really bring change to Washington.
The president's primary duty is commander-in-chief. Everything else is secondary. There is no mention in the Constitution that the president's duties also include, say, Social Security, health care mandates, Medicaid, Medicare, etc. The Tea Party folks understand this. They understand that the president has duties that he must carry out. Indeed, the Tea Party folks are pro-Constitution, not pro-silliness.
Green also leaves out another important point, recently made by Fred Kagan on this blog. The military employs millions of Americans and much of the money it spends goes back into the American economy:
It's a tired effort, to cut the military, and an easy target for liberals. But it ignores reality, and invoking deficit hawk and Tea Party arguments simply makes the author come across as naive or disingenuous.