Where Are We Headed?

Hitler’s actions surprised people, though he had revealed his views in Mein Kampf. Perhaps people were surprised not so much because his aims were hidden, but because they were unthinkable.

President Trump has proposed a $54 billion increase in defense spending, which he said would be “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” … Mr. Trump wants to increase the number of active-duty military personnel in the Army and Marine Corps by about 70,000 — a rise of about 11 percent…. The United States has around 2,200 fighter jets, including about 1,400 operated by the Air Force. Mr. Trump wants to add at least 100 more fighter aircraft to the Air Force. The United States Navy has 275 surface ships and submarines. Mr. Trump wants to increase that number to 350, including two new aircraft carriers. … After Mr. Trump tweeted his pledge to expand America’s nuclear capability, he told the talk-show host Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC: “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

Gordon Adams, a former senior White House national security budget officer, said, “Unless you decide you’re going to war — and going to war soon — nobody keeps a large military.”
– K.K. REBECCA LAI, TROY GRIGGS, MAX FISHER and AUDREY CARLSEN, Is America’s Military Big Enough?, NYT, AR. 22, 2017 (excerpts not all in original order)

Here’s how Trump’s chief strategist sees our future:

We’re going to war in the South China Sea in 5 to 10 years, aren’t we? There’s no doubt about it.
Steve Bannon, Chief Strategist in the Trump administration, Interview of Lee Edwards (at 5:22), Breitbart News Daily, March 10, 2016