The case for the sequester’s defense cuts

In 2001, the military budget was $287 billion. In 2012, after accounting for the war spending, it was about $700 billion. Perhaps big defense cuts aren't the worst idea in the world.

By Ezra Klein February 26, 2013

The sequester’s defense cuts aren’t that scary, in one graph

The post-9/11 rise in military spending was larger than the rise during Vietnam and during the Cold War. And even if we implement every single cut in the sequester, the fall in spending would be less than the military experienced after Korea, Vietnam, or the Cold War.

By Ezra Klein November 20, 2012