Per the WaPo link ...
President Trump says he is a savvy businessman.
Yet his attitude toward the Pentagon is that of an indulgent parent. "We love and need our Military and gave them everything -- and more," he tweeted last year.
Far from bringing rationality to defense spending, he has simply opened the piggy bank while trying to slash spending on almost every other government agency. The Pentagon is the most fiscally irresponsible government agency, but the Republicans' response has been to simply give it more.
The much deeper danger, however, is spotlighted by Jessica Tuchman Mathews in a superb essay in the New York Review of Books. Mathews points out that we tend to think about the defense budget as a percentage of the country's gross domestic product, which is fundamentally erroneous.
The defense budget should be related to the threats the country faces, not the size of its economy. If a country's GDP grows by 30 percent, she writes, it "has no reason to spend 30 percent more on its military.
To the contrary, unless threats worsen, you would expect that, over time, defense spending as a percentage of a growing economy should decline."
American leadership has gone from the Olympic stature of Dwight D. Eisenhower ... to the porn-star-banging, bankrupt, Donald freaking Trump.
A damn shame.