18 Jun 2018 #1
Unless the US changes its spending habits, it will destroy itself without a shot being fired by its enemies. Time is not on our side, Trump or no Trump. Americans got used to the idea that their resources are unlimited. This and the uniquely American messiah complex are a deadly combination leading to a financial ruin. The deficit of a trillion during peacetime cannot be justified or sustained. The US military budget being close to 40% of all military budgets combined is a simple proof that there is something terribly wrong with the way this place is governed.
The first step to fiscal sanity is exactly the opposite of what Trump wants: a major reduction in the DoD budget by abrogating all the very unmutual "mutual defense" treaties. Only a fool would expect Japan, Korea, Australia, and Europe to actually defend the US from China and Russia - the two countries we consider adversarial, if not hostile. Our military obligations far exceed what we can deliver.
Protecting Japan and Korea while sending boatloads of cash to China is pure insanity. If China is our "trading partner", then Japan and South Korea have nothing to fear, just as South Korea has no reason to fear Japan anymore.
Europe, beside having two nuclear powers, is rich enough to fend for itself. NATO should be dissolved and the US army returned home. EU, instead of annoying Poland and Hungary, should take pride in being self-reliant and independent of the crude, gun and bible clutching cowboys that used to come to bring order to the mess Europe created in the past.
Although not large, ending the 50-billion-per-year giveaway program known as foreign aid would be also be a step in the right direction. That ATM should have been shut down long time ago according to the simple rule that you can't give what you don't have.