ANALYSIS: US should invest in relationships, not more guns

Amid the war in Ukraine, Europe has shown more willingness to provide for its own defense and the Biden team should encourage it.

By Zuri Linetsky

President Biden plans to increase defense spending by four percent annually through 2025, following a similar increase last year will not help the United States confront Russia or compete with China, and it may hurt the American economy..

These calls for the United States to join the fight seem especially shocking and glib, considering the serious dangers of conflict between two nInstead of spending more on the military, the Biden administration should empower allies and partners in achieving our common security objectives.

Defense spending isn’t an efficient job creator, it doesn’t make the United States better at deterring Russian aggression and isn’t helping compete with China.

In times of war, the United States’ most reputable journalists and media outlets have a long history of tilting toward military action. Just last year, mainstream news outlets subjected the Biden administration to a torrent of criticism over the widely popular decision to withdraw from Afghanistan—a wise move given two decades of failure to create a stable Afghan democracy and the need to rebalance U.S. military capabilities The Pentagon budget is already rife with waste, as four years of failed independent audits indicate. And despite claims from those who promote defense spending as a jobs creator, data shows that $1 billion spent in health care, education, or clean energy creates thousands more jobs than $1 billion spent on defense.

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This post is part of Independent America, a research project led out by EGF senior fellow Mark Hannah, which seeks to explore how U.S. foreign policy could better be tailored to new global realities and to the preferences of American voters.