The Corner

Jonah’s Military Guy Speaks Once More

“Change Montana, to Minnesota. I really do know where Fort Snelling is. My fingers don’t, however.

“I also send along another comment regarding mil spending.

“I think if you take a look at where procurement dollars go, excepting Texas and Florida, those dollars go to Blue and Light Blue states.

“But the big ’suck’ in the military budget is the personnel accounts (hence the resistance to expanding the force) and most of the people are in the Red and

Light Red states, including the retirees.

“I might be wrong on that, but the last time I had occasion to look at procurement spending patterns, the Blue states had the lion’s share of that pie.

“Thanks for the chance to correct the error before my friends start to spank me about it. I run with a tough crowd in that regard. Something about that soldier

thing.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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