Richardson: Redirect Pentagon funds towards domestic issues
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will detail a plan today to rebuildAmerican diplomacy while reshaping the U.S. military with 50,000additional troops and slashing $57 billion annually from Pentagonweapons programs.
"Restoring Americanleadership means abandoning rogue cowboy diplomacy. It means giving upthe idea of stubbornness as a foreign policy," he said. "It meansrestoring those American principles which once allowed us to build thealliances which defeated the Nazis and crumbled the Soviet Union."
Richardsonsaid Wednesday in an interview with The Des Moines Register that hewants to reduce the Pentagon's budget and modernize the military byeliminating what he describes as Cold War weapons systems designed tofight a long-extinct Soviet empire. Some of the savings would be usedto bolster the military, but most of the money would be redirected todomestic programs, such as health care and education, he said.
If the Republicans really believe this is a 'new kind of war,' then as Richardson hinted, we should start acting like it. Why are we building a missile defense system when the last thing we need is a new arms race with Russia and China? Why did Bush nominate a
Lastly, keep in mind that Richardson is the only Democratic candidate proposing a