Trump Ups Defense Budget By 13% – “Can’t Have World’s Best Military On An Obama Budget”, by Tyler Durden

US military spending is almost three times that of China, and almost nine times that of Russia. They have now been declared our geopolitical rivals that we must best. So Trump is increasing the defense budget by 13 percent over the next two years. If he didn’t, the Chinese and Russians would probably be planning an invasion of the US this very minute. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

With Washington having seemingly turned its turret away from ‘terror’ and back to “revisionist, authoritarian” regimes like ‘Russia and China’, the Military-Industrial Complex is ‘gonna need a bigger budget’ – a 13% bigger $716 billion one by 2019.

US military spending already dwarfed the rest of the world…

But, while presenting the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS2018) of the United States on Friday at the Johns Hopkins University, Secretary of Defense James Mattis painted a picture of a dangerous world in which U.S. power – and all of the supposed “good” that it does around the world – is on the decline.

“Our competitive edge has eroded in every domain of warfare – air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace,” he said. “And it is continually eroding.”

And now, as The Washington Post reports, President Trump is expected to ask for $716 billion in defense spending when he unveils his 2019 budget next month, a major increase that signals a shift away from concerns about rising deficits, U.S. officials said.

The proposed budget is a victory for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who recently unveiled a strategy that proposes retooling the military to deter and, if necessary, fight a potential conflict with major powers such as China and Russia.

And it represents a setback for deficit hawks such as Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, who last year pressed for an increase in defense spending that could be offset by cuts to domestic programs.

The $716 billion figure for 2019 would cover the Pentagon’s annual budget as well as spending on ongoing wars and the maintenance of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It would increase Pentagon spending by more than 7 percent over the 2018 budget, which still has not passed through Congress.

The proposed budget would be a 13 percent increase over 2017 when the United States spent about $634 billion on defense. In the absence of a budget, spending continues at 2017 levels.

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2 responses to “Trump Ups Defense Budget By 13% – “Can’t Have World’s Best Military On An Obama Budget”, by Tyler Durden

  1. I do love the Obamaistas whinning about defense spending and such chestnuts as we spend three times as much as China. Duh, why is that skippy.

    How much does China spend on personnel costs for hundreds of thousands more troops than the US has? Well a bowl of rice, a pension that gets you a half bowl of rice after 30 years, and a new uniform every six months is just what we spend isn’t it. Now I can understand you are equalled in military brilliance only by that warrior god Kerry, but maybe you’ll explain to me how the US fleet has shrunk from 600 ships to fewer than 200 since 1988 now faces a PRC that in 1988 has a fleet of 40 castoff Russian WW2 subs, Japanese vessels surrendered from WW2, and Jimmy Carter’s yacht. Today they have a carrier in operation, one nearing launch stage, and are laying the kneel on new that will purportedly be about the same size of the best the US has to offer. This from a nation with the proud seafaring traditions and records of Hungary.

    Lets also hear about the Russians. Hmmm maybe you forgot, if you ever bothered to learn about the Russians developing an undersea delivery system for a 100 megaton warhead. But the USA can look at the Minuteman III, developed in the 1980s! Or the B-52, which entered service in 1958. Gee we should be so glad of the cutting edge stuff our military employs, or the fact that the US hasn’t built a new tank since 2001. Don’t worry boys and girls your defense dollar goes for such barbarian war fighting programs as:
    -climate change
    -Lesbians and faggots are us brainwashing programs.
    -paying for bio fuel that is twenty times as expensive as old fashioned, reactionary diesel.
    -Life saving transgender penis chopping surgery to insure the troops benefit if nasty war wounds occur.
    -Playing preggies to fool the enemy when they see our shock troops coming to lure them into a sense of calm before the fury of the American becomes unleashed.
    -Enhancing the war fighting skills at our military academies by utilizing the neglected skills of Marxists and Communists to deliver the well educated office who can enforce Moochelle’s dietary visions and Obama’s Man’s World preferences on a bestial world,
    -Maintaining troops in nations that never asked for them, (see the Balkans) or allowing them to be commanded by those warmongers at the UN for advancing the goals of drug cartels, child smuggling rings, and globalists everywhere.
    -Of the 55 Army Brigades in the USArmy, three are rated as proficient and ready to go to war. Heavens forbide an increase of 13% might result in another 3-4 brigades being capable of going to war. Never mind that the Nay is short of two carrier wings or that the likelihood of a military aircraft being operable is around 55%. No more economy is needed to pay the costs of illegals, welfare queens, and our superb politicians who having slaved in our service for so long are now all multi-millionaires.

    What a thoughtful, useful article. No doubt the result of decades n the frontlines of the world facing off against those wonderful folks that love America so mUCH.

    No doubt you have as many decorations as McCain and Kerry and probably for the same valor and self sacrifice. So please forgive my observations, which are the result of seeing what happens to nations which aren’t up to the demands their enemies make of them.

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    • I know all about the Russian 100-megaton torpedo, I posted an article on it tonight. See “Russia’s New Monster Weapon,” by Eric Margolis.

      Many of the shortcomings you cite, and I do agree they are shortcomings, are matters of screwed up policies, and will be changed only by changing policies, not more dollars. You sound like you have some knowledge of the military. I’m sure you could go through what’s actually spent, like the hundreds of billions on the F-35 that’s a complete boondoggle, and knock off 20 to 40 percent of the budget with no loss of effectiveness. A hell of a lot of military spending is deadweight waste, welfare for defense and intelligence contractors dispensed by members of congress far more interested in military spending in their districts than they are in any threats to the US.

      After a line-by-line audit (the US Defense Department has never been auditied, and has admitted several times that it can’t account for several trillion dollars spent over the last few decades), we can turn to policy. Why does the US need over 800 bases spread around the world? How much of the US military budget is actually spent defending the US, and how much is spent on the nations of Europe, South Korea, and Japan, who can well afford their own defensive capability? Every dollar of the trillions we’ve spent in the Middle East since 2001 has been down the drain, not to mention the American military personnel killed, their lives wasted.

      It’s just a thought, but maybe much of the world wouldn’t hate us so much if we minded our own business and stayed out of their countries. However, I’m no expert, I’ve never been on the front lines. I’m just a taxpayer who’s sick and tired of paying for this crock. $20 plus trillion deficits don’t just happen.

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