This requires a major military buildup, including investments in modernizing our nuclear weapons, "long-range strike capability, armed unmanned aviation, ISR platforms, undersea warfare, directed energy, space, and cyber security" and more. Yes, our allies should spend more too, but we should "not ask to much of fragile Europe."
What does this mean on the ground? They recommend dispatching more forces to the Russian border to counter "Russian revisionism," including "a robust US and allied presence in the Baltic States, Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans." They want greater assistance to Ukraine "to help ensure its prosperity and success," with a promise of "lethal military aid" if Russia escalates its interference.
They propose "increasing engagement" to "restore stability" in the Middle East, ramping up the fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda. They also urge continued deployment of military forces in the Gulf "to keep the oil flowing," even though the United States doesn't need it.
Trump's first erratic weeks in office have already created a horrifying sense that the commander in chief is not in command of himself. But the conventional wisdom of the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment is in many ways even more disconnected from reality than Trump's tweets.
In the anodyne language of a closeted elite, they provide a recipe for continued wars without end, for squandering resources and lives on interventions, overt and covert, large and small, in all corners of the earth. Mere defense of the United States is subsumed to the policing of an ever-elusive international order through the assertion of military dominance.
If Trump's madcap inconstancy is harrowing, their crackpot realism is chilling. Catastrophic failure does not inform them. Endless wars without victory do not discourage them. The hollowing out of America does not alarm them.
The alternative to Trump cannot be a reversion to the conventional delusions of the blob, still wedded to a national-security strategy that is failing the American people.
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Robert L. Borosage is the president of the Institute for America's Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America's Future. The organizations were launched by 100 prominent Americans to challenge the rightward drift (more...)