* A coalition of liberal activists is urging Democratic presidential candidates to adopt a platform that calls for massive cuts to the military's budget, a move that could spell disaster for the party in the 2020 election, analysts warn.
As part of an initiative they are calling "People Over Pentagon," 22 left-leaning groups--which include Code Pink, Greenpeace USA and MoveOn.org--sent a letter to each of the Dems vying for the nomination that said: "Pentagon spending has spiraled out of control. It is long past time to eliminate excess Pentagon spending and invest the savings in urgent domestic and human needs priorities--environmental protection, education, infrastructure, health care and more --that will make the United States stronger and more just."
The undated letters urged the candidates to support an agenda that calls for cutting annual defense expenditures by at least $200 billion, well below this year's $716 billion budget and the $750 billion that President Donald Trump requested for fiscal year 2020.
In a recent op-ed published on the Brookings Institution's website and in USA Today titled, "Democratic Presidential Candidates Shouldn't Give in to Demand They Slash Defense Spending," foreign policy analysts Michael O'Hanlon and Frank Rose said such reductions would be a big mistake from a national security perspective.
"A $200 billion cut is too much for a world with threats like today's revanchist Russia, rising China, activist Iran and nuclearizing North Korea," they...