Disarming America


Defense: A Disarmingly Low Priority

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Obama & Barney Frank are Serious About Disarming America  
by Thelma White

Defense: A Disarmingly Low Priority

Defense Spending: In a speech that didn't mention Afghanistan, President Obama said "we're not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don't use." His 2010 budget shows he is serious about disarming America.

Obama does not get it! Now that he is well on his way to destroying the free market of enterprise and small businesses he has now sat out to weaken our national defense and make us a setting duck for rogue nations that intend to do us harm.

Perhaps the reason we don't need to use some weapon systems is because we have them. President Reagan won the Cold War based on a strong defense, in part, because we had Pershing missiles to deploy in Europe and were serious about defending America against missile attack with the Strategic Defense Initiative

Deterrence does work. By expanding the military, Reagan achieved "peace through strength" and set the stage for the demise of the Soviet Union.

As President Kennedy said when he called on us to "bear any burden" and "pay any price" in the defense of liberty and the preservation of our freedom, "only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt they will never be employed."

Of course, that was back in the days when we were also told "not to ask what our country can do for us but what you can do for your country."

We cannot be the second-best superpower for the simple reason that he who is second is last. In this deadly game, there are no silver medals for second.

The outline of the 2010 defense budget released Thursday proposes a 4% increase in nonwar spending. But it gives few specifics on procurement except to say new weapon systems are "expensive and technically difficult" and carry a "high risk of performance failure."

The fiscal 2010 spending plan appears to fulfill a campaign promise that Obama made to the far left group Caucus for Priorities, which called for a further deterioration in the military.

"I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems," he proclaimed then. "I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems."

If only our enemies would do the same. While Obama continues to abuse the power of the office from everything to weakening our national defense to spending all our resources, the DOD reports tell us that is definitely not the case and points to events occuring around the world today in China, Russia, and Iran to mention a few.

Defense is not high on the list in the new domestic order. In his address to Congress Tuesday night, the president neglected to mention the 17,000 additional troops being sent to Afghanistan. The only mention of national defense, in fact, was a pledge to "reform our defense budget so that we're not paying for Cold War-era weapons systems we don't use."

At the rate and pace Obama is weakening our defenses, we may get the chance.

An increasingly belligerent Russia and an ambitious China have been expanding their forces. A Russian-built reactor in Iran has just gone live as the mullahs show their global reach with a satellite launch. North Korea is preparing a launch of its Taepodong 2 intercontinental ballistic missile.

This is not the time to gut missile defense designed to deal with these missile threats or to cancel advanced weapon systems like the stealth F-22 Raptor while the wings almost fall off our aging fleet of F-15s. Yet that is what the Obama administration clearly intends.

The president is listening to the same guy who put the wheels into motion to allow Freddie and Fannie to introduce subprime and bring the economy to it's knees. In a Tuesday interview, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said, "It's absurd to talk about reducing the deficit while giving a pass to the military budget."

Frank's office released a document calling for a $160 billion cut in military spending and a 75% reduction in "nuclear forces" as well as deep funding cuts for weapon systems such as the Raptor and the V-22 Osprey, a tilt-rotor aircraft designed to ferry troops into battle.

In an article in the March 2 issue of the Nation, Frank said that "if we do not make reductions approximating 25% of the military budget starting fairly soon, it will be impossible to fund an adequate level of domestic activity even with a repeal of Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy."

Military spending, creates jobs while serving a real purpose. We live in an increasingly dangerous and unstable world in which we have real enemies who would do us harm. Investing in military infrastructure is a win-win proposition on all fronts.

There's a reason defense is mentioned in the Constitution and health care is not. It is time to stop treating our military forces like a red-headed step-child. The greatest social service a government can provide for its people is to keep them alive and free.

We must let Obama and his friends in Congress know while we agree there must be no fat in our armed forces, those armed forces must be capable of coping with the new reality presented to us by increasing belligent Russia, and an ambitious China who have been expanding their forces.

Not to mention a Russian-built reactor in Iran has just gone live as the mullahs show their global reach with a satellite launch. North Korea is preparing a launch of its Taepodong 2 intercontinental ballistic missile, as well.

Obama is covering all bases in destroying everything that makes us a great nation; the collective wisdom and genuis of our people. Obama is re-writing the constitution, weakening our national defense and destroying our most precious institutions.

While government should lead but not rule, listen but not we are told we can't do anything without the government. They want to educate our children from the cradle to the grave; provide sex education and assist with abortions without notification of parents. It is imperative that our government's programs, actions, officials and social welfare institutions never be allowed to jeopardize the family.

" The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principle upon which it was founded." Is as true today as it was when it was written when 1748 [by Montesquieu].











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