The government could shut down at the end of the month. Here's why, in gory, horrible detail.
Research suggests that efforts to fortify embassies in the wake of threats sometimes achieve the opposite effect.
We could cut defense spending by 30 percent and still spend more than any other five countries combined.
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.
Republicans say "we have a spending problem, not a taxing problem." If you believe that, then you better be really into cutting the defense budget.
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.
"The plan proceeds from a strategic worldview that more is better," says Heather Hurlburt, director of the National Security Network. "But if you want to get more detailed about what they'd do with those troops, they just haven't really said."