December 17, 2014

A War in the Conservative Movement?: Defense Hawks vs. Budget Hawks

By Jerry Hendrix

The conservative movement may not be able to acknowledge it yet, but it is facing a big schism in its ranks. The schism is not “establishment” versus “grassroots” or “compromisers” versus “hardliners.” Rather, hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars are at stake in the pending fight between defense hawks—who support most any Pentagon program, regardless of efficacy—and the fiscally conservative budget hawks who recognize that current spending habits are simply unsustainable.

Read the full op-ed at The National Interest.

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