But What Is The Strategy?

The good news is…..thinking……thinking……not much but since we are about to spend our national asses off in defense maybe we should take a look at what we would get for the money.

An essential element is missing from President Donald Trump’s plan for boosting the budgets of the U.S. military services by $54 billion in 2018. How, exactly, does the commander in chief intend to use the world’s most potent fighting force?

Beyond the threat posed by the Islamic State and other militant groups, Trump doesn’t articulate what he’s defending the country from. Defeating what Trump and his aides call “radical Islamic terrorism” doesn’t require an additional investment of tens of billions of dollars. And Trump, whose “America First” mantra suggested an isolationist approach, has viewed Russia as a potential partner, not an adversary.

Source: Trump’s defense budget boost raises questions on strategy | PBS NewsHour

To be fair, and yes I can do that, to Trump there has not been a real strategy for decades……all want to boost the military but none have any idea of how they will be used….I guess the strategy is that we will play it by ear for now……problem is we need to stop wasting time and sit down and look at the future of our services……

There have been many National Security Strategy (NSS) development efforts over the past decades. But it appears we have not had a traditional, thorough, objective national strategy review and update since 9/11. As taught in our military education system, force structure determination must begin with a review of the NSS. The last two NSS products were issued by the Obama Administration in 2010 and 2015. The 2010 strategy was cited as a significant departure from previous strategies, with one point being the elimination of reference to Islamic radicalism.

Source: National Military Strategy Development—Time for a Revolutionary Approach | RealClearDefense

We have a written review every so often….but like most things it does not look deep enough in the international situation….they cover the problems in our face and never tries to find the ones in the shadows….I do not expect too much from the Trump admin…..they seem to think more money means better military…..that is the M-IC talking in the review.

Just a few months into the Trump administration, it still isn’t clear what course the president’s foreign policy will ultimately take. What is clear, however, is that the impulsiveness, combativeness, and recklessness that characterized Donald Trump’s election campaign have survived the transition into the presidency. Since taking office, Trump has continued to challenge accepted norms, break with diplomatic traditions, and respond to perceived slights or provocations with insults or threats of his own. The core of his foreign policy message is that the United States will no longer allow itself to be taken advantage of by friends or foes abroad. After decades of “losing” to other countries, he says he is going to put “America first” and start winning again.

Source: A Vision of Trump at War – Council on Foreign Relations

Time for a real National Security Strategy (NSS)….but that will take thought and that is simply not available in the Trump WH.

Believe me when I tell you that Twitter is not the answer.

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10 thoughts on “But What Is The Strategy?

  1. Trump now has a reality check: what to do about North Korea. Preemptive strike a real alternative. What president would care to make than decision ? He ought to learn humility now and respect for all past presidents. Momentous consequences for acting or not acting. Last 4 presidents failed to face this North Korea mess.

    1. But he can’t learn humility and “respect for all past presidents”–he had too much fun shaming them on his inauguration day. That would make him look weak to his supporters if he backed off from that…

      They need to get their freaking priorities straight, it’s not a weekly reality show. I don’t care if I can’t stand the Dump as a person. If he can actually be presidential (and not an authoritarian) and do the job with good foreign policy and such, then I don’t care if he gets the credit, we need good things to happen (within the confines of the constitution and international law, dammit).

  2. Why not just ignore N. Korea like the you did the bratty child in school. It’s one less conflict the U.S. has to figure out how to handle with an entry AND exit strategy. Afghanistan and Iraq failed on the exit strategy.

    1. The problem is we have not exited from Korea since the 1950’s….for some reason we feel we cannot trust them to do what is needed….is all I can think…..chuq

      1. guess it’s one of the few foreign policy lessons we took from Vietnam, when the corruption in the South Vietnamese government was all over the place and they were too reliant on U.S. forces to do the actual fighting.

  3. From over here, it seems that current American strategy is to send troops everywhere at once, and threaten to send them to the places they haven’t got to yet. Korea, China, Lithuania, Norway, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Japan, even China. The location doesn’t really matter, as the powers that be couldn’t find them on a map of the world anyway, and probably don’t even know what continent they are on. Have troops, will travel. You’re going to need a much bigger army…

    It’s already a mess, and it’s going to get a lot worse.
    Regards, Pete.

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