defense

Everything you need to know about why the government might shut down

The government could shut down at the end of the month. Here's why, in gory, horrible detail.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 18, 2013
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We’ve tried securing embassies to fight terrorism. It doesn’t work.

Research suggests that efforts to fortify embassies in the wake of threats sometimes achieve the opposite effect.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 5, 2013
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Look at this graph and then tell me we can’t afford defense cuts

We could cut defense spending by 30 percent and still spend more than any other five countries combined.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Apr 15, 2013
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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.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Feb 26, 2013
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We don’t have a spending problem, we have a military spending problem

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.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 7, 2013
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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.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 20, 2012
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Romney wants to increase defense spending by $2 trillion. But what will he use it for?

"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."

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Oct 22, 2012
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