Monday, August 04, 2014

Independent defense panel says Obama makes us "less secure"


There Obama goes again, giving comfort to our enemies and scaring the bejeezus out of our allies. A new scathing report from the National Defense Panel attacks Obama’s foolhardy cuts to the military at a time of global unrest:
The panel’s report said the past several years of budget cuts and mandated reduction in personnel and weapons have stirred deep unease among allies who would count on the U.S. in a crisis. “Not only have they caused significant investment shortfalls in U.S. military readiness and both present and future capabilities, they have prompted our current and potential allies and adversaries to question our commitment and resolve,” the report said. “Unless reversed, these shortfalls will lead to a high-risk force in the near future. That in turn will lead to an America that is not only less secure but also far less prosperous. In this sense, these cuts are ultimately self-defeating.” It calls the defense cuts “dangerous” as “global threats and challenges are rising.” The experts point to China’s and Russia’s new territorial claims, nuclear proliferation by Iran and North Korea and al Qaeda’s rapid rise in Iraq.
Of course, many of these dangerous global threats and rising challenges are of Obama’s own making. A hasty, ill-conceived full withdrawal from Iraq allowed terrorists to take over. And Putin’s saber rattling because he knows Obama is too feckless to have the will to do anything. The gutting of our military further exacerbates the dangers from Obama constantly projecting weakness and ineptitude. Our enemies are salivating and growing bolder, while our friends have lost faith and grown distant. The end to Obama’s reign can’t come soon enough, but I fear the disastrous effects will linger for years.

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