When former Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower, cautioned against the “acquisition of unwarranted influence…by the military-industrial complex”, it seems unlikely he would have anticipated President Donald Trump’s dramatic $54 billion increase in military spending. However, while the extremity of Pres. Trump’s military spending may be new, the myth of the necessity of American military dominance has remained unquestioned even by Democrats like former president, Barack Obama, who unleashed a global drone campaign.
What makes America so uniquely violent? The answer is actually fairly straightforward: it is an imperial power. Even former president, George W. Bush, knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction, or at least, none made locally. The US continues to dominate the world with its numerous military bases.
One might argue that American dominance creates global stability, creating a unipolar rather than multipolar global system. Yet, despite the rhetoric at home, the global consensus states that US military force is not welcome, so much so that the world polled that the US is the number one threat to global peace. The US should reconsider its stance on the extension of the military, even in Iraq, where locals don’t want any more US intervention. There may be uses for military force, but the US should significantly change its strategy to a more tenable position.