Rep. Liz Cheney: “Lessons of the past” support increased defense spending

Mr. Speaker, in closing, I want to read something that Ronald Reagan said back in 1982 on an issue when they were having similar issues and debates and discussions about defense spending.

He said: “Now, I realize that many well-meaning people deplore the expenditure of huge sums of money for military purposes at a time of economic hardship.

Similar voices were heard in the 1930s, when economic conditions were far worse than anything we’re experiencing today.

But the result of heeding those voices then was a disastrous military imbalance that tempted the forces of tyranny and evil and plunged the world into a ruinous war. . . . We must never repeat that experience.”

Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to remember that weakness is provocative, that it is when we are strong that we are most able to protect ourselves and to defend ourselves, and we must learn the lessons of the past.

—Rep. Liz Cheney (R–WY)

Providing for Consideration of H.R. 2810, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, House Floor, July 12, 2017

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