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Defense Spending

In Basil Enwegbara’s March 4 column, “European Irrelevance,” he asks the question “who is it whom America is truly competing with and/ or afraid of that forces us into the present defense spending?” He then goes on to argue that Russia and China are no longer interested in confrontation. I would like to point out that as of the year 2000, the U.S. had the third largest military in the world, behind Russia and China. Also, it is interesting to note that North Korea, a country of only 26 million people, fields the fifth largest army in the world. What would the actions of North Korea be like if the U.S. military wasn’t around to deter it? Isn’t it possible that Russia and China are interested in economic growth because they realize that because of the U.S. military, any military expansion would be extremely costly at best, if it was even successful?

Dave Lahr G