Why Trump’s Massive Defense Budget Won’t ‘Make America Great Again’

President Trump announced on Monday that he is proposing an increase of $54 BILLION to the United States’ military budget, which raises some serious questions about his plans for the future of U.S. foreign policy.

“It will include a historic increase of defense spending to rebuild the deplete military of the United States of America at a time we most need it,” Trump said.

What depleted military? Not only does the United States spend more on its military than any other country in the world, it spends more than the next seven countries on the list… combined.

Image via Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Image via Peter G. Peterson Foundation

“We must ensure that our courageous service men and women have the tools they need to deter war, and we called upon to fight in our name only do one thing: WIN. We have to win. We have to start winning wars again,” Trump said.

We have to start winning wars again? Really? If you look at every foreign conflict the United States has been in during this century, they all come back to the same thing: the U.S. chose to overthrow the leader of a sovereign nation, and in doing so it acted as if there would be no blowback.

Pushing for a defense spending increase of $54 BILLION and acting as if our military is sad and weak is absolutely ridiculous. But it is also giving very clear insight into Trump’s vision for Making America Great Again, and it looks a lot like Obama’s “Hope and Change.”

The most important thing to remember here is that the best way to start winning wars is to stop creating them.

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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.