By Jordan Peterson
Federal policymakers have supported many extraneous missions for the Department of Defense aside from the basic and constitutional requirement to defend the nation. The result is that America’s military budget has become very bloated. The United States would be better off taking a wait-and-see approach to distant threats, while letting friendly nations bear more of the costs of their own defense, as we discuss in a related essay.
There will always be disorder in various places around the globe, but that doesn’t mean that all foreign problems are a threat to America. We should retain the ability to participate in multilateral efforts to mitigate humanitarian disasters, but we should not mistake such efforts as something relevant to our defense.