Thursday, March 23, 2017

Is The U.S. Military Big Enough?

Deadly convoy: Dozens of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons demonstrate an 'Elephant Walk' as they taxi down a runway during an exercise at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, to practise for a wartime mission. This picture is among a gallery of images chosen to showcase a year in the life of the U.S. Air force in 2012

K.K. Rebecca Lai, Troy Griggs, max Fisher and Audrey Carlsen, New York Times: Is America’s Military Big Enough?

President Trump has proposed a $54 billion increase in defense spending, which he said would be “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.”

Past administrations have increased military spending, but typically to fulfill a specific mission. Jimmy Carter expanded operations in the Persian Gulf. Ronald Reagan pursued an arms race with the Soviet Union, and George W. Bush waged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr. Trump has not articulated a new mission that would require a military spending increase. This has left analysts wondering what goals he has in mind. Erin M. Simpson, a national security consultant, called Mr. Trump’s plans “a budget in search of a strategy.”

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WNU Editor: This debate should have been done years ago when President Obama was first elected. I guess with Trump being the President .... it is now fashionable for the New York Times to push for this debate.

1 comment:

TWN said...

It all depends, if the US wants just to defend the USA then it's plenty big, with the size it's now and all the arms in the hands of civilians, it's location and it's Tech, they have nothing to really worries about. If they want to play empire and go out into the world and screw around with other countries then no they really should increase the size of their military. Having said that, they really should consider, reducing their debt, getting people back to work, rebuilding their infrastructure, their education, industry etc, but I suspect that there are very few in Washington are smart enough to see that.