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How cuts to the State Department weaken America

Mar 21, 2017 - Chicago Tribune

In a global era dominated by soft power, Donald Trump is declaring unilateral disarmament.

The United States needs two arms abroad -- a strong military, to fight wars, and an equally strong diplomatic force, to keep those wars from happening. Trump's proposed budget, ballooning military spending while slashing the State Department's budget by nearly one-third, sends this country into a dangerous world with one of those two arms tied behind its back.

The State Department cuts are just...