Phil notes the growing divide between fiscal conservatives and national security conservatives over whether the defense budget should be included when looking at possible spending cuts. Here's an interview with freshman Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who is as national security-minded as anyone elected in November.
West argues that you "have to" be open to defense cuts, but that the cuts should be made by people with an understanding of national defense. That may well be a way forward for divided conservatives on this topic, if national security conservatives are willing to pick up the scalpel.
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