Female house: even more money for the military

Female house: even more money for the military

An a-10c thunderbolt ii at moody air force base. Image: dod

Congress has yet to approve the pentagon’s 2018 budget with a more than 10 percent increase, but it is still expected to rise by another $16 billion in 2019

Donald trump loves the guns and the military. He likes to threaten weapons superiority and give the military a freer hand in military interventions such as iraq, syria and afghanistan, which means less consideration for civilians. Militarily, trump again sees himself in confrontation with the rough powers of china and russia or with the rogue states of iran and north korea. So far, however, the u.S. President has not been able to celebrate any major military successes; the capture of raqqa had long been underway with the predominantly kurdish militias of the sdf when he took office.

The situation has just become acute again following turkey’s renewed invasion of syria. If washington continues to hold to the sdf, it runs a high risk of a conflict that could quickly become uncontrollable. Drop the kurds like russia, and the americans prove to be unreliable allies. Moreover, the military threat potential that trump likes to wield has been called into question if the u.S. Shies away from conflict or even from turkey. Trump, who portrayed himself as a doer in the face of the presidents, has become a ditherer.

In any case, trump had one success in defense or military policy. While the trump administration is looking to make cuts in other departments, the defense budget for trump’s first fiscal year 2018 is actually expected to be increased by congress by more than the 10 percent that trump had actually requested. The senate and house armed services committees have proposed increasing the pentagon budget to $700 billion from the current $618 billion.7 billion up, 26 billion more than trump had envisioned. Trump had already touted his budget proposal as the biggest increase in defense spending in a long time, but hawks in the pentagon and congress like trump opponent john mccain were not happy with it.

Of course, the budget bill has not yet been passed, but it is unlikely to change significantly. In addition to more soldiers, there will also be more warships, aircraft and nuclear weapons. Rust spending had already been increased again in the last year of the obama administration, albeit much more modestly. Like trump, congress wants to ensure the superiority of the u.S. Military at all costs.

This can be seen in the fact that the pentagon budget is already being considered for another increase in 2019, even though the 2018 budget has not yet been approved. From the white house, as reported by the washington post, it is said that the budget will be increased once again to then 716 billion u.S. Dollars, mainly for the modernization of weapons systems and preparation for a war with a state.

Female house: even more money for the military

James mattis at the presentation of the new national defense strategy. Image: dod

Return to the cold war and the arms race

The decision appears to have been made after defense secretary jim mattis unveiled the national defense strategy, in which the war on terror is once again linked to preparations for warfare between states, most notably with the "revisionist" russia and china, which means that in terms of military strategy, but also in terms of arms race, we are returning to the cold war (pentagon: after terrorism, we are rushing for interstate wars).

What this makes clear is not only that washington under trump is relying on aggressive power politics to make america rough again, but also that, as greg jaffe and damian paletta point out in the washington post, the militaries are now once again standing up to those, even in the republican party, who do not want the budget deficit to continue to rise. For example, mick mulvaney, the director of the office of management and budget, had called last year for the pentagon budget to be capped only in such a way that the additional spending would be covered by cuts in other areas,

Mattis had recently declared that washington was politically dysfunctional. Budget caps and delays in passing the budget bill mean the military cannot prepare for future threats, which means the pentagon is asking for more money. Mattis had portrayed this drastically, apparently the message got through: "as tough as the last 16 years have been, no enemy has hurt u.S. Military readiness more than the combined impact of the budget control act, defense spending cuts, and operations in nine of the last 10 years under continuing resolutions."

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