In an ironic counterpoint to the extra-Constitutional power grab he used to get an unlimited new bureaucracy up and running, President Obama popped into the Pentagon on Thursday to announce massive military cuts – grabbing some new cash for social spending by cutting back on one of the few duties Washington is actually supposed to perform. This will effectively spell the end of the traditional U.S. military doctrine that our armed forces must be able to fight two enemies at once, which is okay, because that has never ever happened before, and anyway the world is nice and peaceful now.
At least we can be confident that America’s potential enemies don’t factor the size of our military into their strategic calculations when they contemplate aggression. Besides, if we need more troops, we can just hire them real quick, toss them some rifles, and load them into planes. War is easy nowadays.
…It’s funny how liberals think the military is the one and only sector of the U.S. government that should get “leaner” and more “flexible” or “agile.” Is there a single other endeavor of the government that Obama thinks could be improved by having fewer federal employees? Doesn’t the urgency of eliminating men and women in uniform to hit that $450 billion target say something about the high cost of labor that liberals are usually uncomfortable discussing?
Reuters is reporting this is a cut of 10′s of thousands of troops. As John Hayward wrote above, Obama is so naive, so utterly clueless, he believes our wars (and there will be future ones) can be fought long distance
Not only is the president gutting America’s military, Ron Paul-style, but he appears to be revealing Top Secret material to the fascists who govern Russia.
Bill Gertz of the Washington Times reports that President Barack Obama has indicated he is prepared to convey information about secret American missile defense technology to Russia:
In the president’s signing statement issued Saturday in passing into law the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, Mr. Obama said restrictions aimed at protecting top-secret technical data on U.S. Standard Missile-3 velocity burnout parameters might impinge on his constitutional foreign policy authority.
As first disclosed in this space several weeks ago, U.S. officials are planning to provide Moscow with the SM-3 data, despite reservations from security officials who say that doing so could compromise the effectiveness of the system by allowing Russian weapons technicians to counter the missile. The weapons are considered some of the most effective high-speed interceptors in the U.S. missile defense arsenal.
There are also concerns that Russia could share the secret data with China and rogue states such as Iran and North Korea to help their missile programs defeat U.S. missile defenses.
This news comes on the heels of an announcement today that Obama is slashing America’s fighting forces.
The cuts are so dramatic that literally tens of thousands of Soldiers and Marines are slated to be axed.
And where are those “savings” going?
Will they to be used to help address America’s gaping deficits?
Of course not. They’ll be used to fund more of Obama’s public sector union boss buddies, through the Department of Education, the Department of Labor and other bloated bureaucracies.
In short, President Obama’s priority is gutting America’s national security while bankrupting the country. He continues to grow the size and scope of government bureaucracies, with salaries and benefits that are double those in the private sector.
2012 is coming.