I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of Congressman Barney Frank but this article of his that I found on the The Huffington Post makes a lot of sense:
Why We Must Reduce Military Spending
It was co-written by Congressman Ron Paul.
Here are a few quotes from the article:
"For decades, the subject of military expenditures has been glaringly absent from public debate. Yet the Pentagon budget for 2010 is $693 billion."
"Even subtracting the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military spending still amounts to over 42% of total spending."
"...after World War II....America took on the responsibility of protecting virtually every country that asked for it. Sixty-five years later, we continue to play that role long after there is any justification for it...."
According to the article Frank states that we need to make drastic cuts in military spending, otherwise our economy will continue to suffer.
He states that he is "not talking about cutting the money needed to supply American troops in the field..." nor is he talking about "cutting essential funds for combating terrorism..."
Strangely, I happen to agree with them.