Re: “Hagel gives Obama cover for military cutbacks” (David Brooks column, 1-9).
Brooks laments the possibility of America exchanging military might for Obamacare costs if Chuck Hagel becomes the next secretary of defense. Is it the case, however, as Brooks assumes, that all military budget cuts would transform automatically into increased health care costs?
I’d rather see both military and health care spending controlled. But even if Brooks were right, at least instead of lavishing money on weapons designed to kill people, we would be spending it on health care and healing.
The Wall Street Journal just published results of a study by the National Research Center and Institute of Medicine that puts Americans near the bottom of 17 of the most affluent countries in the world (read “Northern Europe”) for life expectancy.
Brooks bemoans the fact that we will “look more like Europe.” I have wished for exactly that for years. What a relief it would be to retire from the role of No. 1 super power and, instead, turn to taking care of our own.