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So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: March 17, 2017 10:40AM

Option 1: I mean, what could possibly go wrong?


Option 2: Strong Men Love Daily Military Parades. Bigly.

Trump's defense budget boost raises questions on strategy
By RICHARD LARDNER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

Trump's proposed defense budget of $639 billion, which includes $65 billion for ongoing emergency war-fighting, totals more than the next seven countries combined. Yet documents released Thursday by the White House provide little detail about where all the money will be spent, other than to say the goal is to rebuild an American military that Republicans have accused former President Barack Obama of allowing to fall into disrepair.

The Trump budget makes no specific mention of Iran, North Korea or China. Instead, the documents employ broad strokes to cast the $54 billion increase as "the groundwork for a larger, more capable, and more lethal joint force, driven by a new National Military Strategy that recognizes the need for American superiority not only on land, at sea, in the air, and in space, but also in cyberspace."
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Re: So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: $tevie
Date: March 17, 2017 10:53AM
The US would consider military action against North Korea if it was provoked, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday.
Speaking in Seoul at a joint press conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Tillerson said Washington's policy of "strategic patience" had ended.

"Certainly, we do not want things to get to a military conflict ... but obviously, if North Korea takes actions that threatens the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response," he said, in response to a question from CNN.

"If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe that requires action, that option is on the table," Tillerson added.

Later Friday morning, President Donald Trump denounced North Korea, tweeting, "North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been 'playing' the United States for years. China has done little to help!"

[edition.cnn.com]



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Re: So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: March 17, 2017 11:00AM
Thanks, $tevie, I was going to post something about this.
1) Saber-rattling against North Korea might not be such a good idea. Not only are they very erratic, but Kim has nuclear weapons and lots and lots of other weaponry.
2) How Trump is going to convince China to do something remains a mystery. It really didn't work for Obama, Bush or Bill Clinton.
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Re: So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 17, 2017 11:02AM
A Billion here, a Billion there. Eventually we're talking about real money.

I figure there will be an Aircraft carrier, the USS Trump, painted all white with gold trimmings. And of course 'saving money' by replacing all the tacky tactical stuff on AF one with the 'best' Rocco crap.
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Re: So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: March 17, 2017 11:17AM
Yes, I do see an Air Force One Dreamliner in the cards.


It's in the works. Trust me.


Suggested press section in Dreamliner Air Force One.


Actual press section in 'TrumpLiner One'.
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Re: So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: March 17, 2017 11:30AM
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cbelt3
...replacing all the tacky tactical stuff on AF one with the 'best' Rocco Rococo crap.

FTFY
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Re: So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: March 17, 2017 12:04PM
Don't think he plans or needs to actually use the additional military funds for military reasons. The main purpose—a justifiable excuse to decrease funding from other programs—has already been met.
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Re: So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: steve...
Date: March 17, 2017 01:23PM
Re: So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: pdq
Date: March 17, 2017 01:31PM
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steve...
Parades!

Why should his buddy Vladimir have all the fun?



We should have one some nice spring day - how about May 1?
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Re: So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: March 17, 2017 01:36PM
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DeusxMac
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cbelt3
...replacing all the tacky tactical stuff on AF one with the 'best' Rocco Rocky Rococo crap.

FTFY

FTFY.





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Re: So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: davester
Date: March 17, 2017 11:22PM
The problem as I see it is that when all you have is a (shiny new overfunded) hammer, all the world looks like a nail.




"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: So What's Trump Gonna Do With His Shiny New Military? Nobody knows. (AP story)
Posted by: $tevie
Date: March 18, 2017 03:16PM
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steve...
Parades!

Trump to hold military parades as U.S. forces grow

facepalm

They can hold parades where the troops push wheelbarrows calling "Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!"



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