If it is possible, set aside for now the delicious sight of Utah's Republican members of Congress arguing the necessity of federal spending to protect a local economy. Utahns of all political persuasions should, indeed, be pulling out every tool in the kit to save Hill Air Force Base.
But we should do it in a way that actually makes our elected officials something other than rank hypocrites. That is, all the arguments, plans and planned arguments should be about how the point of a continued, strengthened, even expanded, Hill AFB is not a favor to Utah, its congressmen or even its economy.
If Hill is to survive, it must be established to the satisfaction of Congress, the Pentagon brass and whatever Base Realignment and Closure structure is cooked up, that to do so, and to spend the money necessary to do so, amounts to a benefit to national security that is worth the money.