Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Parlando al raduno dei cinquanta Governatori il Presidente Trump era stato inequivocabilmente chiaro.
«We never win a war. We never win. And we don’t fight to win. We don’t fight to win»
«So we either got to win or don’t fight it at all»
«the U.S. has spent nearly $6 trillion on fighting wars since the Sept. 11 attacks»
«the increase he is proposing would be offset by cuts to unspecified domestic programs and to foreign»
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Il Presidente Trump pone il problema in modo diretto e financo brutale.
Constata come dal giorno dell’attacco terroristico alle Torri Gemelle gli Stati Uniti abbiano speso circa 6,000 miliardi di dollari per la difesa, senza aver mai vinto alcuna delle guerre intraprese.
Individua la causa di quanto successo nella mancanza di una volontà politica di voler vincere.
Quindi si pone la domanda che ne deriva logicamente:
«So we either got to win or don’t fight it at all»
O si combatte per vincere oppure non si combatte in nessun modo.
Semplice e sequenziale.
Così Mr Trump ha preso la decisione di incrementare le spese militari di 54 miliardi, finanziando questo incremento con il taglio di programmi domestici ed esteri. In particolare, gli alleati non possono più continuare a godere della protezione militare degli Stati Uniti elargita a titolo gratuito: devono contribuire al mantenimento della loro difesa.
Vogliono fare i pacifisti? Benissimo: se ne vadano viadall’Alleanza atlantica.
Nessuno li tratterrà a forza. Nessuno muoverà un dito per difenderli.
«President Trump will propose a federal budget that dramatically increases defense-related spending by $54 billion while cutting virtually all other federal agencies by the same amount, according to an administration official. The proposal represents a massive increase in federal spending related to national security, while other priorities — especially foreign aid — will see significant reductions.» [The Washington Post]
«President Trump is proposing a massive increase in defense spending of $54 billion while cutting domestic spending and foreign aid by the same amount, the White House said Monday.
Trump’s spending blueprint previewed a major address that he will give Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress, laying out his vision for what he called a “public safety and national security budget” with a nearly 10% increase in defense spending.
“We never win a war. We never win. And we don’t fight to win. We don’t fight to win,” Trump said Monday in remarks to the nation’s governors. “So we either got to win or don’t fight it at all.”
Trump noted that the U.S. has spent nearly $6 trillion on fighting wars since the Sept. 11 attacks but said that cutting military spending was not the answer.
Instead, the increase he is proposing would be offset by cuts to unspecified domestic programs and to foreign aid, which would in turn be made up for in part by demanding that other countries pay more for security alliances that have historically been underwritten by the U.S.» [Los Angeles Times]
«The White House says President Donald Trump’s upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. The result is that Trump’s initial budget wouldn’t dent budget deficits projected to run about $500 billion.
White House budget officials outlined the information during a telephone call with reporters Monday given on condition of anonymity. The budget officials on the call ignored requests to put the briefing on the record, though Trump on Friday decried the use of anonymous sources by the media.» [The Boston Globe]
Chiunque è libero di trarne le deduzioni che meglio crede.
Però nessuno potrà obiettare che Mr Trump abbia parlato in modo poco chiaro.
→ The Washington Times. 2017-02-27. Trump budget boosts defense by $54 billion, cuts from domestic spending
President Trump’s 2018 budget will slash foreign aid in order to boost defense spending, he said Monday morning, promising cuts to almost every non-security category.
His budget envisions a $54 billion spike in spending by security agencies, with the money coming from cuts to domestic discretionary programs.
In remarks to the nation’s governors at the White House, Mr. Trump said his budget will include an “historic increase” in defense spending to rebuild a “depleted” military.
“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” the president said.
Mr. Trump also said his spending plan will contain more spending for infrastructure. He lamented that the U.S. has spent trillions on military operations in the Middle East over the past two decades without winning wars.
“We’re nowhere,” the president said. “We don’t fight to win. We spend $6 trillion in the Middle East, and we have potholes all over our roads.”
An Office of Management and Budget official, speaking on condition that he not be named, said foreign aid programs will take a disproportionate share of the cuts, as Mr. Trump moves to make good on his campaign promise to lessen the U.S. role and ask other countries to pony up.
“This budget expects the rest of the world to step up,” the official said.
Defense hawks on Capitol Hill were already positioning to outbid Mr. Trump.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said the $54 billion boost would bring defense spending next year to $603 billion. He said that was just 3 percent more than President Obama had envisioned.
Mr. McCain said the department needs $37 billion more than Mr. Trump is calling for.
“With a world on fire, America cannot secure peace through strength with just 3 percent more than President Obama’s budget. We can and must do better,” Mr. McCain said.
Budget analysts, though, said the problem isn’t too little money, it’s bad spending decisions.
“The defense budget is blotted with massive amounts of waste and spending that respond to the military needs of a world that doesn’t exist anymore,” said Veronique de Rugy, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. “Any additional increase in defense spending without addressing these issues raises a serious risk that the new injection of funds will once again be allocated based on politics or outdated priorities rather than national security concerns.”
Monday’s initial look at Mr. Trump’s budget dealt only with very general top-line discretionary spending numbers, which account for about 40 percent of the total budget.
The other 60 percent are automatic spending programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — the biggest drivers of ballooning spending. The White House budget office said Mr. Trump’s plans for those programs will come later, with the release of his full budget.