Our shores are only as safe as our military is strong. To have a strong military, our leaders must be responsible with defense spending and focused on readiness and capability.
The United States outspends every other country on defense, but readiness still suffers, mainly due to misplaced resources, decades of constant combat, and Congress’s willingness to maintain the status quo.
Read more about the financial situation at the Pentagon, what our military capabilities are now, what they need to be in the future, and how years of deployments have affected defense capabilities.
While AUMFs have a long history going back to America’s earliest days, their modern use has resulted in an expansion of presidential war powers and the sidelining of Congress and its important constitutional duty to declare war.
Most Americans sense there is something wrong with our foreign policy and want a change.
The Iraq War will go down in history as one of the worst mistakes in U.S. foreign policy. The continued U.S. troop presence in the country does little more than put Americans in harm’s way.
To understand and learn from the war as a whole, it is important to examine what went right, what mistakes were made, the total cost of the war in dollars and lives, and what could have been done differently.