Calling for a massive increase in military spending above these already exorbitant levels is foolish and irresponsible.
‘What’s the point of having this superb military that you’re always talking about if we can’t use it?’ quoth Madeline Albright to Colin Powell. Military might is nomally a tool for wielding power after political means have failed, but a seemingly overwhelming force will consistently shift the balance away from diplomacy and towards war, as we have seen. The US's problems seem to be entirely self-created, through meddling with other states or, as a result, being in the wrong place when other conflicts break out. Can they just not, for a change?
Why do you assume that Zakheim in fact wants to make America safer?
He wants empire, and militarism is the only way he will get what he hungers for.