Biden’s defense budget is designed for an alternate reality

President Joe Biden talks a lot about the importance of U.S. global leadership. Sadly, Biden’s 2025 defense budget request shows he’s unwilling to put his money where his mouth is.

The president has rightly pledged to “defend every inch of NATO territory” in the event of a Russian attack on an alliance nation. Amid escalating harassment of Philippine vessels by the Chinese coast guard, Biden has rightly pledged that the U.S. treaty defense commitment to Manila is “ironclad.” The president has said four times that he would order a U.S. military defense of Taiwan were China to launch an attack on that island nation.

Put simply, Biden has made a lot of military commitments to reflect a world that is increasingly insecure. But this is just the start of the defense to-do list.

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