Spending on wars is part of the military industrial complex that this country has surreptitiously embraced as being patriotic! That is why many conservatives treasure it so much.
Even Ron Paul - who I think is a nut job on most things - is right on this point!
Going into weaker countries, with vigilante quotes from Hollywood movies, isn't foreign policy!
But it makes some feel tough. Yet, at the nation's expense, while defense contractors profit!
Investing in our future is viewed as socialism by some. But investing in military might is somehow unquestionably chivalrous.
I wish people would realize that muscle flexing jargon like, "Go ahead; make my day!" and "I'll be back!", isn't a threat to those who believe that killing themselves - in the process of killing us - is glorious!
Defense spending is necessary, but only when its used in justifiable defense. Investing in education, infrastructure and people should be a paramount priority.
Although it's clear that, swinging through the jungle, 'bare chested' and armed, doesn't frightened the natives anymore, some will continue to call it patriotism, and anything outside of it - socialism!