Well stated and logical. The problem will be the mindless ideologues who have been taught to fear various mythic forces. The few fully militaristic states are now the US and Israel with Saudi Arabia as junior partner. Putin would like to make Russia a power again but I don’t think he can do it. The new generation is Russia knows what happened to their parents in the USSR. They will spend a year in uniform for Mother Russia but that is more concerned with tradition than militarism. China is build a fleet but that is for protection of regional waters economically. That’s a problem but they are not about the waste money at the rate that this country does to dominate the planet. We are the enemy and make matters worse by arming those who should not be armed. We need to disarm ourselves.
Yes, there is conflict and competition. But the old fashioned military is not how the new conflicts are fought. The battles are information based. The vast wastage of the US military budget simply enriches the authoritarians and does nothing for anyone. It is the 21st century Maginot Line except that battles are for information and not territory.