Winston Churchill first introduced the concept of peace through strength. Ronald Reagan also adopted the idea when he led the free world to defeat the Soviets in the Cold War. Now, Trump is following in their footsteps.
In a speech to the Union League in Philadelphia the Republican presidential candidate outlined his national security plan. But you can sum it up in the first sentence: "Peace Through Strength."
Video of the address is here. Transcript here.
Former Bernie Sanders' supporters would be interested to learn that Trump promises to end the policy of regime change and work to reform regimes we find objectionable. It may be a slower process but one less fraught with danger of instability and war.
He also promised to direct the Pentagon to come up with a strategy to actually defeat and destroy ISIS. Obama promised the same but then delivered only pinprick actions that allowed ISIS to spread.
TRUMP: Instead of an apology tour, I will proudly promote our system of government and our way of life as the best in the world – just like we did in our campaign against communism during the Cold War. We will show the whole world how proud we are to be American.Later he promised "We will be one people, under one God, saluting one American flag."
Trump pointed out how weak our military has become under Obama:
When Ronald Reagan left office, our Navy had 592 ships. When Barack Obama took office, it had 285 ships. Today, the Navy has just 276 ships.To pay for a massive increase in defense spending Trump promised spending reform:
The average Air Force aircraft is 27 years-old. We have 2nd generation B-52 bombers – their fathers flew the same plane.
Our Army has been shrinking rapidly, from 553,000 soldiers in 2009 to just 479,000 today.
In 2009, our Marine Corps had 202,000 active Marines. Today, it’s just 182,000.
Our ship count is below the minimum of 308 that the Navy says is needed to execute its current missions. President Obama plans to reduce the Army to 450,000 troops—which would hamstring our ability to defend the United States.
Government-wide, improper government payments are estimated to exceed $135 billion per year, and the amount of unpaid taxes is estimated to be as high as $385 billion.
We can also reduce the size of the federal bureaucracy through responsible workforce attrition – that is, when employees retire, they can be replaced by a smaller number of new employees.
We can also stop funding programs that are not authorized in law. Congress spent $320 billion last year on 256 expired laws. Removing just 5 percent of that will reduce spending by almost $200 billion over 10 years.
Using these new funds, I will ask my Secretary of Defense to propose a new defense budget to meet the following long-term goals:
We will build an active Army of around 540,000, as the Army’s chief of staff has said he needs. We now have only 31 Brigade Combat Teams, or 490,000 troops, and only one-third of combat teams are considered combat-ready.
We will build a Marine Corps based on 36 battalions, which the Heritage Foundation notes is the minimum needed to deal with major contingencies – we have 23 now.
We will build a Navy of 350 surface ships and submarines, as recommended by the bipartisan National Defense Panel – we have 276 ships now.
And we will build an Air Force of at least 1,200 fighter aircraft, which the Heritage Foundation has shown to be needed to execute current missions – we have 1,113 now.
We will also seek to develop a state of the art missile defense system.
Peace through TRUMP!