My occasional political letter, paired with an unrelated recent painting.
Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
19 March 2017
I apologize for the delay since my last letter. One reason is your lack of response-- all the other public servants I've written to have replied.
But I understand you have many letters to write. I read your recent budget letter to Paul Ryan. You argue that we need to spend more money ($25 billion) on "warfighting readiness." We're already more ready than any nation in history to fight wars. We've been fighting for half my life so far, spending more on war than the next seven countries combined. You've said we'll "start winning," but it's clear that we're losing and will continue to lose-- losing money, lives, credibility, and honor, among other things.
The way to win is not to fight. If you declare victory, bring the troops home, and close the bases, we will have won. You could win six wars tomorrow: stop bombing Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Libya, and we've won. Since we never had any clear objectives, no one will be able to claim we haven't met them.
Think of how much money we'd suddenly have to make America great again. Like a gifted businessman, you'd have won all the wars and come up with hundreds of billions of dollars to fix the rest of our problems. It would be difficult for most people to pull off, but it might turn out to be easy for you.
Glen Coburn Hutcheson