We DO NOT need to be involved in another arms race. Period. Rather, put that money to work improving living conditions/infrastructure here in the US and, even, elsewhere . . . like Central American countries.
I know how the game works. I ‘lived’ through the last arms race. I was part of it when in the military. Trust me, we don’t need to be involved in this madness.
My father taught me that the easiest way to defuse a bully is to walk away and *not* play his game. It isn’t always easy to do but ultimately it works. We do not need to play Putin’s game. Let him ruin the economy of his own country, as did the Soviets before him.