What Trump Could Learn from Eisenhower
The United States cannot continue fighting conflicts on nearly every continent on a permanent basis. It drains badly needed resources from uses that could more directly benefit American business and drive economic prosperity. Most importantly, not only does aggressive militarism not improve U.S. national security, it places it at greater risk: a major war against North Korea would cause enormous damage to American interests, even if we eventually won. It is time for the president to adopt the successful positions of his Republican predecessor, stand up to today’s advocates of permanent military action and elevate diplomacy to primacy. Global security and the domestic economy will both be enhanced as a result.
Daniel L. Davis is a senior fellow for Defense Priorities and a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who retired in 2015 after twenty-one years, including four combat deployments.
Image: Major General Dwight Eisenhower, 1942. Wikimedia Commons/Public domain