This Economist lead is a recommended read. I’m not sure that I agree that an increase in US military expenditure alone is the answer. The US needs to leverage its political power through global alliance, rather than alone. It needs to regain the moral high ground and again become the beacon of democracy. Perceived US domestic weakness, like the opioid epidemic, emboldens potential enemies internationally. Yes, the Obama squandered years internationally have drastically increased the risk of war. So far, many of Trump’s foreign policy decisions have increased the risks as well. But Trump has inherited an economically robust US. If Trump turns to soft power, he might still outmaneuver his potential foes.