“I think that’s what worries me…because the conversation that we’re having, this year, about changing strategy and budget problems, that there may be some around the world who see us as a nation in decline, and worse, as a military in decline…it could cause even our close partners to wonder what kind of partner are we…” —General Martin Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
“Again, the self avowed Constitutional scholar currently residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has acted in direct dereliction of his oath to the American people to protect and defend the American Constitution…The President is not a king and should not be allowed to behave like one.”—Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN)
“As recently as the first week of the year, referring to the Senate, Obama asserted that ‘I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them.’ He has no such obligation. Those are the words of an incipient tyrant.”—Allen Caruba, Barack Machiavelli
Obama sees his task as shepherding what he deems to be this deeply imperfect nation – one he repeatedly apologized for during the early months of his presidency — through its inevitable descent.—The Defense Budget and America’s Decline
Obama’s ‘doctrine’ is less a strategy than a prescription for disaster. In three years, his autocratic, Constitutionally-challenged policies have stifled the economy, eroded individual liberties, and brought us to the brink of bankruptcy. His foreign policy has aided and abetted our enemies and discouraged our friends. And now, his proposed evisceration of our military capability has the potential to place every American at risk. A sensible reduction to the defense budget due to fiscal constraints is necessary; a near trillion-dollar cut is irresponsible and reckless, if not worse. And, it’ll put another 1,000,000 Americans out of work.
President Eisenhower, in 1961, warned of the potential dangers of the “military-industrial complex.” But he also said this:
“[…] we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense…Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”
America’s destiny is not in the hands of Barack Obama. It’s in ours.
Krauthammer: Obama’s Military Reductions a ‘Roadmap to American Decline’ “Under John Kennedy, whom I don’t remember liberals ever attacking as a man who overspent on defense, half of the budget of the federal budget was on defense. Today it’s a fifth. Under Kennedy we spent 9.5 percent of our economy on the military. Today it’s headed to four percent and shrinking. As a percentage of our economy it’s going to get a lot smaller.
And the fact is even if you don’t want to work with the numbers, Obama has said himself we better be shrinking our capacity on the ground. The fact is that you can’t simply announce and hope that there is not going to be incidents in the world with China arming itself hugely, Iran about to go nuclear, instability in the Middle East. How do we know that we are never going to have to be forced in to another land of confrontation in the next decade? We are not going to be prepared.”
Obama’s Motto: ‘Bush Started This’ – “President Obama is calling for dramatic defense cuts that could threaten our national survival while obstructing structural reforms to our entitlement programs that are essential for our national financial survival. It just doesn’t get much worse than this”