One of the issues that frustrates me most about Republicans is their refusal to even discuss cuts in defense spending. It seems like an enormous blind spot to me. They complain about the waste in other parts of the government, and rightfully so, but when cutting defense spending is mentioned, they come up with an infinite number of excuses as to why that part of the budget should be off limits, or at best they say they'll "get to it later".
With the most recent debates over the budget and a potential government shutdown, this frustration for me is renewed. In my opinion, the Republicans are trying to play a political posturing game. They're trying to give the impression that they are a fiscally responsible party, but what they are saving is pennies compared to what could be saved by making cuts in Medicare and defense. This is the opposite of what they should be doing if they were actually trying to solve the budget problem.
It's one thing to call for cuts, but I don't know how much would be saved by doing something like closing 50% or more of the 700+ foreign military bases or completely cutting out certain contractors. The reason I'm starting this thread is that I'm interested in peoples' ideas on what exactly could be cut in the defense budget. If anyone has a detailed breakdown of where all of the defense money is going, I'd love to see it.