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Should we stop the WARS to cut the deficit?

One big reason Uncle Sam has fallen heavily into debt is the rapid rise of federal spending in recent years. And few parts of the budget have grown as fast as defense: The Pentagon's budget has doubled over the last decade, adjusted for inflation, to roughly $700 billion, thanks in no small measure to spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

So would a cutback in spending on the wars help bring the deficit under control? The Yahoo! Contributor Network's JC Torpey thinks so. "The main federal spending that coincides with the deficit is the Iraq war combined with the Afghanistan war," she writes. "With the start of these wars, federal spending increased by billions per month.

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"Here is how the United States should cut down on its debt and budget: Decrease total war spending."

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 4:16 PM on Dec. 15, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 4:16 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • No, we should allow the soldiers to FIGHT a war and be done with it. To hell with PC ness.

    Answer by Carpy at 4:20 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • No...we should STOP OBAMA...he certainly hasn't been good for the dificit!

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:23 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • Yup.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:27 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • We should stop all unnecessary wars

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 4:28 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • YES !! Stop all unnecessary wars, bring our troops home and quit putting other countries before our own.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:32 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • How about we start with the private contractors screwing over the military here at home? That'll save billions right there.

    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 4:52 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • How about we end them by winning ~ and if you really want the troops home 'right now', would you be ok if we won by making these countries glow in the dark ... and let them clean up the mess themselves?

    We could. Easily. The only extra cost would be to transport the nukes (which we've already paid for) over there, and to transport our troops/equipment back home.

    We could use some of the money we'd save for earplugs.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 4:56 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • considering we never should have gotten INTO them in the first place, hell yes.

    Answer by autodidact at 5:06 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

  • so willing is killing everyone there indiscriminately?

    Answer by autodidact at 5:08 PM on Dec. 15, 2010

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