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April 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Defense budget changes

Common defense should be top priority

Here we go again. We get a Democrat administration and within 12 weeks of inauguration, the dismantling of the military begins [“Pentagon proposes historic overhaul,” page one, April 7].

President Carter decimated the military; President Reagan had to restore it. Then came President Clinton’s military reductions; President Bush had to restore them. So now President Obama begins to dismantle it again. Most people don’t realize that military research and development on weapons advancement has contributed to most of the technological improvements in our civilian world.

For my money, the No. 1 responsibility of the federal government is to provide for the common defense. The world is a dangerous place and always will be. To surrender our technological superiority in weapons is a grave mistake. Teddy Roosevelt’s advice is as applicable today as it was when he said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

The only light at the end of the tunnel is that a Republican president will eventually come along and restore the military.

— Robert Alan Wright, Yakima

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