Claude Cartaginese

Now is Not the Time to Cut Military Spending

Posted on June 19 2009 2:09 am
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When GM and Chrysler were failing, the free-spending Obama administration unflinchingly allocated upwards of $110 billion in a futile attempt to keep those companies from going bankrupt. It did the same for the mortgage industry, banks and insurance firms. But when it was time to review the military’s budgetary requirements, the President could not justify spending money on many of the most vital weapons systems.

Obama’s cuts were broad and deep. The F-22 Raptor radar-evading fighter jet; the C-17 cargo plane; the missile defense shield; the passenger airline laser program (a system, already in use by Israel, which would allow passenger jets to thwart terrorist attacks) — all are items that will be cut or drastically reduced. All told, a whopping 15% of the total military budget is being eliminated.

In this age when America’s enemies are many and extremism runs rampant, this is the military equivalent of leaving your door unlocked while you’re away on vacation. Even some members of the anti-military Democratic party can’t see the reasoning behind these cuts. “Is this being budget-driven?” Indiana Senator Evan Bayh asked. Alaska Democrat Mark Begich said, “With North Korea, it seems since we’ve made this [military budget cut] announcement, as I’ve said, 40 percent of their testing has occurred, plus an underground nuclear test. I mean, I don’t know. That seems risky to me.”

How prophetic that Senater Begich should mention North Korea. What is Kim Jung-Il, the mentally unbalanced dictator of North Korea, up to these days? After launching short-range missiles and detonating a nuclear device during the Memorial Day weekend, Kim is planning something extra special for our Fourth of July holiday. Reports coming from North Korea’s nervous neighbors and from intelligence gathered by U.S. satellites indicates that Kim is going to fire a long-range Taepodong-2 intercontinental ballistic missile towards Hawaii. The Taepodong-2 is proving to be a more reliable weapon than it used to be, and its performance is getting better with every test. Also, it can carry a variety of payloads, including chemical and biological weapons, and North Korea has accumulated a lot of those. Kim’s armed forces are believed to possess between 2,500 and 5,000 tons of chemical weapons, including mustard gas, phosgene, blood agents and sarin.

Obama’s only response to Kim’s provocations thus far has been to read, from his teleprompter, a statement calling North Korea a “grave threat” to the world, and to pledge that the new U.N. sanctions on Kim’s regime will be aggressively enforced. The President’s hollow words, however, do not have nearly the influence on aggressive dictators like Kim, as they have on the fools of the American left and the political know-nothings for whom the cult of personality serves as a satisfactory substitute for critical thought.

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