I think it is interesting that national defense and foreign policy are not presented as options. The options given are in domestic areas, with the exception of foreign aid.
I am not a hawk or for inordinate defense spending. However, without a defense from foreign aggression and an active foreign policy to protect its national interests, nations cannot survive or prosper. In the global economy today the prosperity of nations is interconnected, and national and regional instability presents a threat. All countries have an interest in preventing armed conflict, yet all compete for natural resources and seek to gain an economic advantage.
The threat of a global war between major powers no longer exists, as the P5 Nations of the UN (US, China, Russia, Great Britain, and France) and Germany, India, and Japan all know there would be no winners. These countries also try to minimize regional conflicts that might affect the global economy. However, regional conflicts still occur, and any country with desirable natural resources or infrastructure that lacks a robust foreign-policy to maintain strategic alliances and a military strong enough to deter aggression does so at a great risk of intimidation or worse. The world is much safer than it was before the end of the Cold War, but still not to the point where military strength is not a consideration.