A strong military deters would be aggressors.
National security is the primary purpose of the Federal government. The very purpose of the US government, as defined in the 2nd paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, is “to secure these [unalienable] rights, Governments are instituted among Men”, “that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
“The Conservative views with a wary and skeptical eye Utopian blueprints for the reformation of humanity, the elimination or sublimation of national patriotism, the elimination of war by contracting with a crafty and unscrupulous enemy that each cast away his weapons.” — William Henry Chamberlain, from: The Evolution of a Conservative (Henry Regnery, 1959).
The dumbest thing the left pushes for is unilateral disarmement. They must truly have a mental disorder to believe this is wise.
“You may either win your peace or buy it; win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.” — John Ruskin, TheTwo Paths (1859).
“That doctrine [of appeasement, or peace at any price] has done more mischief than any I can well recall that have been afloat in this country. It has occasioned more wars than any of the most ruthless conquerors. It has disturbed and nearly destroyed that political equilibrium so necessary to the liberties and the welfare of the world.” — Benjamin Disraeli, Speech, British House of Lords (1844).
“It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.” — John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Presidential Election Campaign Speech (1960).