I have had a series of Huffington Post articles on the subject, but let me refer you to just two:
Well, Barack, We Have a Problem...
May 29, 2008 (my very first HuffPo)
The 10% Simple Solution to Peace
July 6 2010
Debate Club issue on Defense Spending. Also participating were luminaries such as then presidential candidate Ron Paul (he came in second) and J. Randy Forbes, House Chairman of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee (he took last place). Today I saw an editorial by the Chicago Tribune's Steve Chapman:
It's time for U.S. to draw down on armed forces abroad
The key points he made were:
Gangnam Style virus, protested ten years ago against our presence in South Korea. Yes, there is North Korea (which Chapman labels a pipsqueak) but the economy of South Korea is 80 times that of the North. And, the Cold War is over.
3. In a YouGov poll earlier this year 63% of Americans said the country faces greater threats to its security than during Cold War. (The following is my editorialization: Republicans thought this was 80%. What are they afraid of? A rag tag assortment of terrorists? Iran? China? There is no nuclear winter threat anymore.)
Cyclone Claudia is at 120 MPH in the Indian Ocean, but is heading nowhere important and will soon weaken.
Super Typhoon Bopha's Philippines death toll is now approaching 1000.