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Pro: Modernized military is needed

By JAMES JAY CARAFANO Tribune News Service

This article was published January 21, 2018 at 1:58 a.m.

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In this July 20, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump stops to answer a reporter’s question after greeting military personnel during a visit to the Pentagon. Watching is Vice President Mike Pence.

Many pundits are mystified by Donald Trump's foreign policy. That's because they focus too much on what he says, and even more on what he tweets.

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23cal says... January 21, 2018 at 8:06 a.m.

" In addition to diplomatic skill, this requires a significant military presence in all parts of the world where America is pressed. And right now, we don't have that much military."
*We currently have no "diplomatic skill". Zero. None. Bupkis. This administration has horrified the world. A PEW international poll show the only two countries which look more favorably on the USA are Russia and Israel.
We have alienated our allies. We have abrogated our position as leader of the free world. China and Russia have made huge strides in international influence due to the lack of diplomatic skill and fecklessness of this idiot administration.
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The author presumes we currently have "diplomatic skill'. With that kind of delusion as a basis, I find it hard to give credence to anything he claims.
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About "Over the last half-decade, the index shows a steady decline in both military capacity and capability."
We have withdrawn from conflicts in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Capacity and capability are always allowed to decline when not needed.
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Paranoiacs will spend every dime we have on unnecessary defense and still never be satisfied or feel secure. We don't need more military........we need less knee-knocking fear.

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information19 says... January 21, 2018 at 8:22 a.m.

I watched much of Ken Burns 17 part series he did on "Viet Nam." One of the former Viet Cong soldiers was quoted as saying, "stupid Americans, they smoked cigarettes, we just followed their (cigarette) butts." We were the strongest then as we are now; that doesn't mean that we were the smartest. We (America) continue to do an outstanding job of being unwilling to look at the little stuff. It ain't the big stuff that is our (personal) enemy, it's the little stuff we don't want to look at in our own lives...

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TimberTopper says... January 21, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

For the amount of money we spend on military, ours should be the most modernized pro military in the world by far! Maybe the person writing this piece has strong ties to the military construction business.

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BoudinMan says... January 21, 2018 at 9:08 a.m.

Well, Carafano is a shill at the Heritage Foundation. He has never met a defense appropriation that he didn't like.

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