Following their blow up over the origins of the tea party, Bill Maher and Bill Kristol went at it even harder Friday night over the Pentagon’s proposed spending cuts. While Maher argued that the relatively minor cuts could not possibly hurt our country’s massive military, Kristol saw them as potentially disastrous.
Maher showed the chart below, which was created by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and has been making the rounds the week, to ask why the U.S. needs to spend more on defense than the next 10 countries combined.
“Anybody who thinks that our defense is lacking is either lying or insane,” Maher said.
Kristol scoffed at that notion, saying that means Robert Gates, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are lying or insane. “Do you really seriously think that?” he asked.
“You seriously don’t?” Maher asked in disbelief.
Kristol called Maher’s arguments “childish,” calling military spending the “lowest it’s ever been in the modern era,” a suggestion the show’s other guests could not agree with.
“Have you ever met a war you didn’t love?” Maher asked Kristol. All Kristol could do was admit that he has supported military intervention by multiple administrations in the recent past.
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