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Defense spending should not be viewed as economic engine

WHILE I recognize the need for a strong common defense of our country, I believe Brigadier General Stephen C. Boone is using improper logic (“Romney’s concerns over our military are shared across aisle,’’ Letters , March 24).

Defense spending should not be viewed as an engine of our economy. Yet Boone writes that “military leadership boosts the economy’’ and “slashing [defense spending] would cost thousands of jobs.’’

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Defense spending should only be viewed as what is necessary and proper for the defense of our country and its allies. The United States already accounts for nearly half of all world defense spending. In his farewell address more than half a century ago, President Eisenhower warned us of this military industrial complex. It appears to me that his concerns have not been heeded.

Michael J. Garrity

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