Former Congressman and Republican Presidential candidate, Ron Paul, recently wrote a public memo to president-elect, Donald Trump, with regards to the U.S. defense budget. In it, Paul urges the Trump administration to use discretion when spending on the military considering that not all spending necessarily makes America safer.
“The military budget is something very different from the defense budget. The military budget is the money spent each year not to defend the United States, but to enrich the military-industrial complex, benefit special interests, regime-change countries overseas, maintain a global U.S. military empire, and provide defense to favored allies. The military budget for the United States is larger than the combined military spending budget of the next seven or so countries down the line.”
While Trump is far from Ron Paul ideallogically, his calls for America to be paid for defending other nations certainly makes budgetary sense. Trump also questioning America’s relationship with fellow NATO nations could also mean the nation’s defense budget moves towards defense and not policing the world.
“Do we need to continue the endless war in Afghanistan even as we discover that Saudi Arabia had far more to do with 9/11 than the Taliban we have been fighting for a decade and a half? Do we really need 800 U.S. military bases in more than 70 countries overseas?
Do we need to continue to serve as the military protection force for our wealthy NATO partners even though they are more than capable of defending themselves? Do we need our CIA to continue to provoke revolutions like in Ukraine or armed insurgencies like in Syria?”
Read Paul’s entire memo HERE.