Steve Buff's letter in Monday's Sunpaper ("Military spending is bankrupting the country," Jan. 20) was interesting. Finally I see a letter from someone in agreement with my own views.

A couple of points: The U.S. military budget is actually over $700 billion which does not include war costs, as these are separate. Also the U.S. military budget is a lot more than the next 20 countries combined, most of which are our allies!

Reducing the military budget would of course cost many, many jobs, but I think that they could be replaced with jobs which would invest more in the rejuvenation of America rather than investing in and duplicating waste and destruction that are simply copying what many of our allies are already doing.

There are many talented scientists working on machines of destruction (surely we have enough of those already?) who could easily have their skills diverted to researching ways to help America in her search for less polluting ways of producing energy, for example.

Just saying.

David Liddle

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