We always hear how we have the greatest military in the world. And then there are those who believe we spend too much on our military. Well, here are the real numbers. We spend 3.1 percent of our GDP on defense — and we still have Riverine assault boats with engine malfunctions, or systems breakdown and they drift off course. And the defense discretionary portion of our budget is right around 18 percent.
What strangles our federal budget at nearly 64 percent is the mandatory spending side — Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the net interest on our $19 TRILLION debt. So the defense budget is clearly not busting our bank. Then again, the Federal Reserve is just printing money to monetize our debt anyway — really dumb monetary policy.
But do we really have the best, strongest military in the world?
As reported by the Washington Examiner, “For the first time in more than two decades, a new Gallup survey has found that less than half of Americans believe the U.S. military remains the strongest in the world.
The survey, released Monday, finds that just 49 percent of Americans view the U.S. as the top global military power, marking the lowest percentage reported by Gallup in 23 years. In 2015, the percentage of Americans who viewed the U.S. military as the world’s strongest was 10 percentage points greater at 59 percent.
While approximately two-thirds of respondents said the federal government spends too much on “national defense and military purposes,” 37 percent said the U.S. is spending “too little” and 27 percent said defense spending is “about right.” The latest poll comes as national security has taken a front-and-center position in the 2016 presidential race and as more surveys show the American public fears the growing threat of militant Islamic terrorism.
The latest poll comes as national security has taken a front-and-center position in the 2016 presidential race and as more surveys show the American public fears the growing threat of militant Islamic terrorism.”
We must remember that the preeminent responsibility of the federal government is to keep us safe, and “provide for the common defense.” I would submit that seeing our Sailors on their knees with their hands over their heads has something to do with folks not seeing us as a strong military power. Combined with the rise and expansion of global Islamic jihadism, about which we appear neutered and unable to do anything, along with Russia, China, North Korea, and Iranian unchecked aggression — yes, even I would have to be counted in the numbers who do not see us as a strong military power.
Do we have the will within our ranks of the military? Sure. The problem exists with the will of the government, namely the president, and that of the people.
Prussian military strategist Carl Von Clausewitz referred to this as the “paradoxical trinity.” We are facing are enemies who possess the will to fight and win, even though they don’t possess the major technological advantages America has. Consider that as President Obama was giving a press conference after the Southeast Asian summit in California, China was emplacing missiles on the man-made islands it has constructed in the Spratly Archipelago in the South China Sea. And we know they’ve built landing strips on those islands as well. Something tells me this is not to do a remake of “Fantasy Island.”
Needless to say, we cannot trust the new Socialist Party of America, formerly know as the Democrat Party. They’re focused on the greatest threat to the world: climate change.
I’ve said this before, and will say it again; this election must come down to the person who will be the best commander in chief to ensure the American people and our allies are safeguarded. Yes, we do have to restore our economy and get Americans back to work and off government largesse.
However, no matter how prosperous we make the American people, if they don’t feel safe, it is all for naught. Two years from now, Gallup needs to do the exact same poll and the percentage for agreeing that America possesses the strongest military in the world should be at or above 70 percent.
If we decide to “feel the Bern” in November, we will indeed get burned, and two years from now that number will be less than 30 percent — which would not bode well. Just remember the lesson of history: whenever America decimated its military strength, evil rose.