Does the Military Need to Be Rebuilt? By Laurence M. Vance

The military doesn’t need to be rebuilt; military and foreign policy need to be completely rejiggered. From Laurence M. Vance at

“The number one priority of President Trump is to rebuild our military” ~ Vice President Mike Pence

Rush Limbaugh rarely has guests on his radio show, but sometimes makes an exception for Republican politicians.

This time it was for Vice President Mike Pence. Limbaugh was asking him about the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R.244) that Congress passed to fund the federal government until the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30, 2017). Pence defended the budget compromise because it increased defense spending. Said Pence:

I think this sends a decisive message to the world that under President Trump’s leadership we’re gonna make the strongest military in history even stronger.

Rush, let me be real clear. The number one priority of President Trump is to rebuild our military, to restore the arsenal of democracy. And I gotta tell you, to get Democrats in Washington, D.C., to agree to a $21 billion increase in a short-term budget bill — and, you know, the president’s calling for the largest increase in military spending since the Reagan administration in the upcoming budget, I think is no small — it’s no small accomplishment.

Conservative think tanks agree with Trump and Pence. But of course, they have always pushed for increased spending on the military.

An article for the Heritage Foundation maintains:

The Congress acted correctly and courageously in 2017 to begin to regrow the Army by adding 17,000 active-duty soldiers to President Barack Obama’s proposed request for 460,000. There is near consensus that the last four years of strength cuts have reduced the Army’s ability to execute its missions and significantly raised strategic risk to the country.

Now faced with a similar situation for fiscal year 2018, Congress should act again to incrementally increase the size of the Army and authorize the prudent growth requested in the Army’s unfunded requirements list.

Congress should not allow a “pause” in the rebuilding of the Army. It should instead continue to reverse Obama’s ill-advised cuts to the Army.

To continue reading: Does the Military Need to Be Rebuilt?


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