Politics

Rep. Frank Blames Defense Spending for Downgrade

WASHINGTON -- The senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee says the biggest reason the United States is seeing its credit downgraded is that it spends too much money being "the military policemen of the world."

Rep. Barney Frank told CBS' "The Early Show" that reining in defense spending is "going to be my mantra" for the next few months.

The liberal Massachusetts Democrat said $200 billion could be saved "without in any way endangering our security" by dialing back U.S. military involvement in the world, including operations in Western Europe. 

Frank says the military establishment has always had this "great momentum" in politics, but the credit reversal "could change our thinking." Frank called the military a logical target "if we're looking for something that breaks the mold" on spending.