When you consider the difficulties facing the United States and its next president, you need to ask yourself – can two junior, first-term senators solve the problems?
The answer is clearly no. Both men have never managed anything more cumbersome than their own finances. In the Evangelical world, you can always pray for a solution if that is all you have.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an independent oversight agency created by Congress, recently released its findings. The agency’s work covering the last three months of 2015 painted a very grim picture.
Afghanistan’s economy is worsening and its security deteriorating despite more than a decade of U.S. construction efforts and more than $100 billion poured into the country. Millions of dollars were squandered on projects that were never completed or were used to bribe officials. What is left is a resurgent Taliban, infiltration by the Islamic state and reviewed regional influence by a much stronger and wealthy Iran.
Against the instability of the Middle East, the United States and its new president face growing opposition by China, Russia and North Korea.
Remember – it was President Bill Clinton (like President Obama when speaking of Iran) who assured all Americans that North Korea would never possess nuclear weapons. They do today and are continuing to develop a modern rocket delivery system. Can the United States military protect its allies in the region or must Japan, South Korea and Taiwan re-arm themselves?
Paul Shinkman recently wrote an excellent article entitled, “Why Obama’s army isn’t defeating Russia, China, ISIS.”
His story begins recounting the 2012 election debate with Governor Romney, who had suggested the Navy be built up since it was smaller than it was in 1916.
Obama’s shut down line was, “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed.”
But has it? The president’s argument for a smaller, nimble and lethal army has today shown that it cannot fight today’s threats.
The National Commission on the Future of the Army recently released its final report with 60 recommendations.
Russia has strengthened and modernized its military. It supports the Assad regimen in Syria, annexed Crimea, threatened the Ukraine and today most military experts see Russia as a major threat to Europe.
The United States looks on.
China is building a large blue-water Navy and has enlarged its area of influence in the Pacific. Here, too, the United States looks on. According to the members of the Army Report, “under Obama’s watch, the military wasn’t ready for what it faces now.”
“In 2013, Russia didn’t exist, ISIS wasn’t out there. (Neither did) Ebola, our commitments in Africa, and lots of other places,” said a defense official.
General Mark Milley, the Army’s Chief of Staff said, “We don’t have the luxury of fighting against a singular opponent in a singular piece of terrain or a singular area of responsibility.
“We could end up fighting lots of different types of opponents in lots of varied types of terrain.”
As the United States withdraws, enemies and potential enemies move to fill the void. All are different but lethal to our interests and well-being. President Obama “promised to usher in a new era of peace, but will leave office with a U.S. presence in more war zones than when he was sworn in.”
The military has a readiness crisis, the economy is facing deflation, there are recession fears, unemployment is at record levels, we are $19 trillion in debt and race relations are at their worse.
Against this backdrop it makes no sense for Republican voters to entrust the next four years to any junior. We need someone who can lead, who has been a CEO and whose employees think the world of him. We need Donald J. Trump.