It’s always a thing of beauty when Jonn Lylea takes someone to the woodshed. This time, it’s Nicholas Kristoff spouting off about how the defense budget needs trimming:
In the New York Times this weekend was an opinion piece written by a journalist Nicholas Kristof who advocates cutting military spending while we’re engaged in a war beyond our borders. Now I read Mr. Kristof’s biography and I don’t see a thing that qualifies him to make such a statement…well, other than the fact that he’s a journalist, spent his whole adult life as a journalist as so he thinks he knows every thing there is to know about…well…everything. Now he wants to be heard on our global strategy;
Advocating for cutting the defense budget is about as close to fiscal discipline as anyone at the NYT can ever come. Jonn takes the time to show why Mr. Kristoff is an idiot. Go read the whole thing.
Of course, this urge to cut the defense budget isn’t solely confined to an opinion journalist at the NYT. It’s a meme that is starting to be heard from several organs on the left, including from another usual suspect, Michael O’Hanlon at the liberal Brookings Institution:
In the coming years, the Pentagon should look to cutting troop strength to pre-9–11 levels, slash redundant and poorly performing programs while reevaluating the services’ core missions, all in an effort to shave 10 percent or more off the Defense Department’s expenses, members of an influential Washington think tank argued this week.
While I would be happy to see any number of programs trimmed from the defense budget, the usual harpies on the left are arguing for what they always argue for- gutting the services. If there’s one lesson I’ve learned in all my life, it’s this- the Left hates the military, and will do everything in their power to leave our forces hollow.