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America Has a Naive President
Townhall.net ^ | April 7, 2009 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 04/07/2009 4:47:36 AM PDT by Kaslin

The basic bargain is sound: countries with nuclear weapons will move toward disarmament, countries without nuclear weapons will not acquire them.” -- President Barack Obama, Prague, April 6, 2009

As far as nuclear weapons are concerned, the President of the United States wants America to disarm: “Countries with nuclear weapons will move toward disarmament.”

It is hard to imagine a more destructive goal. A nuclear disarmed America would lead to massive and widespread killing, more genocide, and very possibly the nuclear holocaust worldwide nuclear disarmament is meant to prevent.

There is nothing moral, let alone realistic, about this goal.

Here is an analogy. Imagine that the mayor of a large American city announced that it was his goal to have all the citizens of his city disarm -- what could be more beautiful than a city with no weapons? This would, of course, ultimately include the police, but with properly signed agreements, vigorously enforced, and violators of the agreement punished, it would remain an ideal to pursue.

One has to assume that most people would regard this idea as, at the very least, useless. There would be no way to ensure that bad people would disarm; and if the police disarmed, only bad people would have weapons.

The analogy is virtually precise -- but only if you acknowledge that America is the world’s policeman. To idealists of the left, however, the notion of America as the world’s policeman is both arrogant and misguided. A strengthened “world community” -- as embodied by the United Nations – should be the world’s policeman.

To the rest of us, however, the idea of the United Nations as the world’s policeman is absurd and frightening. The United Nations has proven itself a moral wasteland that gives genocidal tyrannies honored positions on human rights commissions. The weaker the U.N. and the stronger America, the greater the chances of preventing or stopping mass atrocities.

On the assumption that the left and the right both seek a world without genocide and tyranny, it is, then, the answer to this question that divides them: Are genocide and tyranny more or less likely if America is the strongest country on earth, i.e., the country with the greatest and most weapons, nuclear and otherwise?

Moreover even if you answer in the negative and think that the world would experience less evil with a nuclear disarmed America, the goal of worldwide nuclear disarmament is foolish because it is unattainable. And unattainable goals are a waste of precious time and resources.

For one thing, it is inconceivable that every nation would agree to it. Why would India give up its nuclear weapons? There aren’t a dozen Hindus who believe that Pakistan would give up every one of its nuclear weapons. And the same presumably holds true for Muslims in Pakistan with regard to India disarming.

And what about Israel? Would that country destroy all its nuclear weapons? Of course not. And it would be foolish to do so. Israel is surrounded by countries that wish not merely to vanquish it, but to destroy it. It regards nuclear weapons as life assurance. And it regards the United Nations (with good reason) as its enemy, not its protector.

As for states like Iran and North Korea, they have already violated agreements regarding nuclear weapons. What would prompt them to do otherwise in a world where America got weaker? United Nations sanctions? And why would Russia and China even agree to them?

Finally, there would be no way to prevent rogue scientists from selling materials and know-how to terrorists.

The result of this left-wing fantasy of worldwide nuclear disarmament would simply be that those who illegally acquired or made but one nuclear weapon would be able to blackmail any nation.

What any president of the United States should aspire to is: 1). to keep America the strongest country in the world militarily (as well as economically, but that is not the question on the table); 2) to destroy those individuals and organizations that seek nuclear weapons so as to kill as many innocent people as possible; and 3) remain the world’s policeman. These aims cannot be achieved if America aims to disarm.

President Obama said “I am not naïve” in his talk. That, unfortunately, is as accurate as his statement before the joint session of Congress that “I do not believe in bigger government.”


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1 posted on 04/07/2009 4:47:37 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

We have a complete idiot for a president so this comes as no surprise at all.


2 posted on 04/07/2009 4:53:39 AM PDT by maddog55 (Socialism is communism with fewer re-education camps.)
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To: Kaslin

Saying a president who wants America to commit nuclear disarmament is naive...
is like saying Barack 0bama should only be a one-term president.

IOW, way too mild.


3 posted on 04/07/2009 4:54:15 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (American Revolution II -- overdue.)
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To: Kaslin



4 posted on 04/07/2009 4:55:42 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Kaslin

America has a FOREIGN-BORN MUSLIM President.


5 posted on 04/07/2009 4:56:49 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Kaslin

The narcissistic 0 should be laughed at and openly ridiculed at every opportunity.


6 posted on 04/07/2009 4:58:23 AM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: Kaslin
Only a fool or an enemy within would re-invoke the SALT and START policies. What a twofer, we got both.
7 posted on 04/07/2009 4:59:05 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If you haven't read "The Creature from Jekyll Island," you probably don't know what's going on.)
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To: Kaslin

Naive is being too kind..................


8 posted on 04/07/2009 5:00:20 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are soooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: rockabyebaby

Naive is being too kind..................

Amen Brother.


9 posted on 04/07/2009 5:03:46 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Kaslin

He is naive, but also pretty much in bed with our enemies, and so is weakening us deliberately.


10 posted on 04/07/2009 5:04:30 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

This is what is most troubling. He is the useful idiot of our enemies.


11 posted on 04/07/2009 5:06:37 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: Kaslin

I don’t think he’s naive. I think he and his backers know perfectly well what he’s doing.


12 posted on 04/07/2009 5:10:49 AM PDT by livius
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To: Kaslin
....it has become very apparent listen to what he says, then watch what he does. Since he is still on the campaign trail,governing is something he does not have the ability to do.....when backed and controlled by shadowy figures with their own agendas, it has become quite obvious, the boy wonder is in over his head. It is worst than the duel Presidency of the clintons, at least we knew who was making the decisions.
Cabinet selections (failure after failure),campaign promises (open,transparency,no lobbyist failure again),spending,(the old wasteful government spending he harped on...now 4.6 trillion later)
All this within three months...and now diplomacy, world diplomacy,in a world where the wunderkind is at most,a bit player
13 posted on 04/07/2009 5:14:14 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: tgusa

YES!!!!! In Roosevelt’s Jan 1941 speech re: our necessary involvement in WW2..he mentioned the traitors in government who belittle our troops and country. He stated we SHOULD embarass them by our example and expose them for what they are. Let’s see...who fits that bill today. I know! Pick anyone in the current administration starting with the Big Zeroama!


14 posted on 04/07/2009 5:18:54 AM PDT by sevinufnine (Sevin - "If we do not fight when we know we can win, we'll have to fight when we know we will lose")
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To: Kaslin
Karl Rove told the Friends this morning that Barry needs to stop constantly knocking his predecessor...he pointed out that his European peers never do it and that it makes him look very small and like the campaign isn't over. Well, Karl, for Barry it isn't.

Also, Major Garrett is breathlessly waiting and hoping that Barry will swing by Iraq or Afghanistan instead of heading straight home. The Friends continue to tease "perhaps" the President is going home...meanwhile he is due in at 5 p.m. Oh, goody...will he give a speech then?
15 posted on 04/07/2009 5:23:22 AM PDT by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Kaslin
No. America doesn't have a president.

The office holder of the POTUS is clearly defined in the U.S. Constitution, as is his executive powers.

There is no such man occupying that office.

16 posted on 04/07/2009 5:28:00 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr (One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard. One faithful harp shall praise thee.)
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To: livius

Agreed - he’s on a mission.


17 posted on 04/07/2009 5:30:25 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: samtheman
America has a FOREIGN-BORN MUSLIM President.

Yes. Yes, she does. I pray for this country.

18 posted on 04/07/2009 5:38:01 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (my former tagline "We can, and we will prevail" doesn't fit with the usurper's goals.)
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To: Kaslin

America Has a Naive President

No, America has a muslim president that is bent on destroying our country.


19 posted on 04/07/2009 5:43:28 AM PDT by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: Kaslin
Obama’s not naive, he just hates America!!
20 posted on 04/07/2009 5:44:00 AM PDT by kenmcg (cOMMBYAH)
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To: All

I have to leave for work, but I just scrolled through to read these posts just now... I’m so disgusted with this situation. I wrote my senators and congresswoman (Colorado, all Dems) about the bowing to the Saudi king, asking for a condemnation. I realize it will go nowhere.

What can we do? This cannot go on for four more years. It just can’t. I cannot imagine what this country will look like if he stays in office.

I’m sorry.I guess I’m just ranting. I just wonder if there is any option, one that is actually feasible, to get rid of this guy.

/end sad rant.

Bye for now.


21 posted on 04/07/2009 5:45:42 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (my former tagline "We can, and we will prevail" doesn't fit with the usurper's goals.)
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To: proud American in Canada; samtheman
Obama's "religion" is Black Liberation Theology. BLT is Communist.

For all you'll ever need or want to know about
Wright's Marxist "Black Liberation Theology",
see my FR Home page:
http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/#Section%204
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The Real Story Behind Rev. Wright's Controversial Black Liberation Theology Doctrine
Monday , May 5, 2008
FoxNews/Hannity's America
[special Friday night edition--original airdate May 2, 2008]

(some key excerpts)

["(Jose) Diaz-Balart is the son of Rafael Diaz-Balart y Guitierrez (a former Cuban politician). He has three bothers, Rafael Diaz-Balart (a banker), Mario Diaz-Balart (a US Congressman) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (also a US Congressman). His aunt, Mirta Diaz-Balart, was Fidel Castro's first wife."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Diaz-Balart]

JOSE DIAZ-BALART, TELEMUNDO NETWORK: "Liberation theology in Nicaragua in the mid-1980's was a pro-Sandinista, pro-Marxist, anti-U.S., anti-Catholic Church movement. That's it. No ifs, ands, or buts. His church apparently supported, in the mid-'80s in Nicaragua, groups that supported the Sandinista dictatorships and that were opposed to the Contras whose reason for being was calling for elections. That's all I know. I was there.

I saw the churches in Nicaragua that he spoke of, and the churches were churches that talked about the need for violent revolution and I remember clearly one of the major churches in Managua where the Jesus Christ on the altar was not Jesus Christ, he was a Sandinista soldier, and the priests talked about the corruption of the West, talked about the need for revolution everywhere, and talked about 'the evil empire' which was the United States of America."

REV. BOB SCHENCK, NATIONAL CLERGY COUNCIL: "it's based in Marxism. At the core of his [Wright's] theology is really an anti-Christian understanding of God, and as part of a long history of individuals who actually advocate using violence in overthrowing those they perceive to be oppressing them, even acts of murder have been defended by followers of liberation theology. That's very, very dangerous."

SCHENCK: "I was actually the only person escorted to Dr. Wright. He asked to see me, and I simply welcomed him to Washington, and then I said Dr. Wright, I want to bring you a warning: your embrace of Marxist liberation theology. It is contrary to the Gospel, and you need, sir, to abandon it. And at that he dropped the handshake and made it clear that he was not in the mood to dialogue on that point."

Source: The Real Story Behind Rev. Wright's Controversial Black Liberation Theology Doctrine:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,354158,00.html
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"Their founding document [the Weather Underground's] called for the establishment of a "white fighting force" to be allied with the "Black Liberation Movement" and other "anti-colonial" movements[1] to achieve "the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism."..."-Berger, Dan (2006). Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity. AK Press, 95.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weatherman_Underground#cite_ref-Berger_0-0

Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity (Paperback) by Dan Berger
http://www.amazon.com/Outlaws-America-Underground-Politics-Solidarity/dp/1904859410
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From the New York Times, August 24, 2003

"they [the Weather Underground] employed revolutionary jargon, advocated armed struggle and black liberation and began bombing buildings, taking responsibility for at least 20 attacks. Estimates of their number ranged at times from several dozen to several hundred."

Article: Quieter Lives for 60's Militants, but Intensity of Beliefs Hasn't Faded
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F04E4DE1539F937A1575BC0A9659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=2

22 posted on 04/07/2009 5:46:16 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Jagdgewehr

Right - we don’t have a President - we have a (to quote another FReeper) ‘Dear Reader.’


23 posted on 04/07/2009 5:47:08 AM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: All

Just to clarify—I’m absolutely not calling for violence! What I meant, with “get rid of this guy”, is, what exactly is the standard for impeachment (high crimes and misdemeanors—only when in office?)? Or is there any way to put enough pressure on who-knows-who? to get him to resign?

Maybe it’s just a question of waiting until someone, somewhere in the media decides he/she’s had enough and does a little investigating/questioning.

I don’t know. It’s pretty depressing.


24 posted on 04/07/2009 5:49:47 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (my former tagline "We can, and we will prevail" doesn't fit with the usurper's goals.)
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To: ETL

*shakes head in sadness and disgust*

Thank you for the ping.

This is a horrible situation.

Okay, now I’m late for work. :)

Take care, FRiend. :)


25 posted on 04/07/2009 5:51:32 AM PDT by proud American in Canada (my former tagline "We can, and we will prevail" doesn't fit with the usurper's goals.)
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To: Kaslin
I believe beginning with his nomination something very very BIG and terrifying has been set in motion. Something that will be a milestone on the time-line of World History events.

Yes he is a useful idiot, but who is the top dog that is using him? Who is the puppet master? Who does he serve?

26 posted on 04/07/2009 6:00:04 AM PDT by NavyCanDo (Party like its 1773)
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To: Kaslin

Not naive: treacherous.


27 posted on 04/07/2009 6:00:14 AM PDT by Salvey
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To: Kaslin

I was going to dispute this headline, as I misread it initially:

America Has a NaTive President

Actually, I still dispute it. He is not naive, he is hellbent on destroying the America we know.


28 posted on 04/07/2009 6:01:58 AM PDT by Sparko
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To: Sparko
I still dispute it. He is not naive, he is hellbent on destroying the America we know.

He's naive only in the sense that there's a lot he doesn't know the world.

29 posted on 04/07/2009 6:07:28 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Sparko
I still dispute it. He is not naive, he is hellbent on destroying the America we know.

He's naive only in the sense that there's a lot he doesn't know [about] the world.

30 posted on 04/07/2009 6:08:31 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

True enough. How about stupid and dangerous, then?


31 posted on 04/07/2009 6:09:33 AM PDT by Sparko
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To: Kaslin

Obamanation is not naive. The American people are naive.


32 posted on 04/07/2009 6:13:00 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Salvey

Bingo. He’s not one of us.


33 posted on 04/07/2009 6:13:54 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Sparko
How about stupid and dangerous, then?

Perfect! Because he should know enough about the world to understand that WE are not the problem.

34 posted on 04/07/2009 6:14:36 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Kaslin

“It is hard to imagine a more destructive goal. A nuclear disarmed America would lead to massive and widespread killing, more genocide, and very possibly the nuclear holocaust worldwide nuclear disarmament is meant to prevent.”

Worth repeating.

As nuclear forces draw down, at some point a world war becomes thinkable again. This was well understood even in the 60s, and led to the large arsenals we now have. Don’t forget the many thousands of tactical nuclear weapons in addition to the strategic forces.

What we actually need right now is a nuclear modernization program, and a renewed program to produce plutonium warhead pits. The US is the only nuclear armed country that _can’t_ currently produce them.

Instead, what we get is 0bama. Great job, voters!

GOP 2010!


35 posted on 04/07/2009 6:17:01 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: Sparko
How about stupid and dangerous, then?

Obama Pledges Cuts in Missile Defense, Space, and Nuclear Weapons Programs

February 29, 2008 :: News
MissileThreat.com

A video has surfaced of Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama talking on his plans for strategic issues such as nuclear weapons and missile defense.

The full text from the video, as released, reads as follows:

Thanks so much for the Caucus4Priorities, for the great work you've been doing. As president, I will end misguided defense policies and stand with Caucus4Priorities in fighting special interests in Washington.

First, I'll stop spending $9 billion a month in Iraq. I'm the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning. And as president I will end it.[i.e. not win it]

Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending.

I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.

I will not weaponize space.

I will slow our development of future combat systems.

And I will institute an independent "Defense Priorities Board" to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.

Third, I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop new nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals.

You know where I stand. I've fought for open, ethical and accountable government my entire public life. I don't switch positions or make promises that can't be kept. I don't posture on defense policy and I don't take money from federal lobbyists for powerful defense contractors. As president, my sole priority for defense spending will be protecting the American people. Thanks so much.

Article: Obama Pledges Cuts in Missile Defense, Space, and Nuclear Weapons Programs:
http://missilethreat.com/archives/id.7086/detail.asp

"MissileThreat.com is a project of The Claremont Institute devoted to understanding and promoting the requirements for the strategic defense of the United States."
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Next, an expert analysis of Obama's proposals...
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Obama Promises to Dismantle Our Armed Forces
by Robert Maginnis
Posted 04/10/2008 ET


Mr. Maginnis is a retired Army lieutenant colonel, a national security and foreign affairs analyst for radio and television and a senior strategist with the U.S. Army.

YouTube has an undated 52-second clip [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o84PE871BE October, 2007 -ETL] of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barrack Obama outlining his plans for America’s national defense. Obama’s presentation demonstrates either total naivete about important national security programs or he is just pandering for votes among the extreme left.

Watch Obama’s message and consider some inconvenient facts about his national security promises.

I’m the only major candidate to oppose this war from the beginning and as president I will end it.” No one likes war: especially those who have to do the fighting and dying. Yet, our military leaders make clear that the consequences of a rapid withdrawal from Iraq as Obama seeks would be disastrous not only for American interests in the region but for Iraq itself. It would provide a propaganda victory for al Qaeda and Iran because they will be able to claim they defeated America. Further, it could worsen the Iraqi civil war, create an unstable Mideast and further spike oil prices.

Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending.” Anyone who has worked with the military for any length of time knows there is waste, often in weapons systems. Recently, the Government Accountability Office found that 95 major weapons systems -- including the Joint Strike Fighter and the Littoral Combat Ship -- have exceeded their original budgets. These cost overruns could be the result of waste or mismanagement or, perhaps, the development and fielding of sophisticated new weapons with constantly changing requirements is difficult and inefficient.

The senator should understand there is a difference between waste and defense spending. But does he? There is no reason to think so in any of his speeches or position papers. Obama’s employer, the US Congress, indulges in pork barrel earmarks contributing to wasteful Pentagon spending. Earmarks circumvent merit-based systems to create jobs in favored congressional districts and saddle the military with unwanted -- wasteful -- programs.

I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.” Recently, both our sea-based and ground-based missile systems proved to be successful. On Feb 20, the USS Lake Erie armed with an SM-3 missile destroyed a wayward satellite traveling at more than 17,000 MPH more than 100 miles high. In September, 2007, our ground-based midcourse defense system killed a dummy missile over the Pacific using an interceptor stationed in Alaska. The US Bureau of Arms Control warns, “The ballistic missile danger to the US, its forces deployed abroad, and allies and friends is real and growing.”

I will not weaponize space.” America’s current policy is not to weaponize space. However, it’s important for policy makers to recognize the US’s dependence on space. Our banking, communications and navigation systems almost entirely depend on satellites. Space lines of communication are as essential for commerce today as sea lines of communication were two centuries ago. Does Obama mean he wouldn’t provide defensive systems for our satellites? Apparently so.

Surrendering space to rogue nations and pirates places our economy and military at risk. Anti-satellite weaponry will proliferate and must be countered.

I will slow our development of future combat systems.” Our combat systems are becoming ancient. Our air force is flying aircraft which are based on 1940s and 1950s technology and our army is driving 1960s and 1970s vintage vehicles. Older equipment is expensive, time consuming to maintain and potentially dangerous.

The Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) is the first full-spectrum modernization effort in nearly 40 years. It will replace Cold War-era relics with “full-spectrum” operations capable modular systems designed to operate in complex terrain. It can also be adapted to civil support, such as disaster relief.

Failing to develop future combat systems puts American warriors at risk and unnecessarily jeopardizes our security.

"...and I will institute an independent defense priorities board to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.” Congress created the QDR as an every four-year analysis intended to balance defense strategy and programs with resources.

In 2007, the Government Accountability Office, an “independent defense priorities board” in its own right, published its analysis of the most recent QDR. It lauded the Bush administration for sustained involvement of senior officials, extensive collaboration with interagency partners and creating a database to track implementation of initiatives. The GAO faulted Congress for failing to clarify its expectations regarding what budget information the Pentagon should provide.

To make matters worse, Congress’ 2008 Defense Authorization Act created two new and redundant every four year analyses. One is an independent military assessment of roles and missions and the other identifies core mission areas, competenceis and capabilities.

Obama is right to criticize the QDR because it has become an exercise in fantasy but his Congressional colleagues keep piling on new requirements. The senator can help the Pentagon by scaling back on the analyses requirements. Just tell the military what the country can afford and then have the services explain what they will buy and how much risk we will have to accept.

To seek that goal I will not develop new nuclear weapons.” That’s dangerous. Our present nuclear arsenal will atrophy if it isn’t modernized. According to the head of the military’s Strategic Command, Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton, our warheads are aging and weren’t designed to last forever, making him nervous. “I liken it to approaching a cliff -- and I don’t know how far away from that cliff I am,” Chilton said.

Ambassador Linton F. Brooks, administrator of the US’s National Nuclear Security Administration, said we have a new program that will potentially reduce the number of warheads and make them safer. It’s called the Reliable Replacement Warhead program and “contemplates designing new components for previously tested nuclear packages.” The RRW would create, Brooks said, a "reduced chance we will ever need to resort to nuclear testing" again.

I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material...” Nations capable of producing nuclear weapons produce fissile material for their atomic arsenals. Many of these same nations produce fissile material to fuel their nuclear power plants which light millions of homes and are a cheap, clean energy source in a world concerned about hydrocarbon pollution.

Efforts to control the production of fissile material date back to the 1946 Baruch Plan but that attempt was abandoned during the Cold War. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush announced that the US no longer produced fissile material for nuclear weapons and in 1993 President Bill Clinton called for Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty negotiations. While this is a worthy goal it is not achievable in an energy hungry world.

...and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair trigger alert...

The US nuclear forces are not on “hair trigger” alert. Only a portion of America’s deployed nuclear forces maintain a ready alert status.

Besides, our policy does not rely on a “launch on warning” strategy. Rather, our forces are postured to provide flexibility by raising the readiness status of the force and by putting weapons systems on alert when necessary.

...and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals.” Our nuclear arsenal is a deterrent against enemies with similar systems. Deep cuts without verifiable reciprocal cuts would be dangerous. However, we are making progress via the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty which proposes a reduction of the overall threathold of up to 1,500 warheads. Russia has approximately 4,162 and the US has 5,866 strategic warheads and both nations possess thousands of tactical weapons and reserve stocks as well.

Senator Obama’s national security views expressed in his 52-second video reflect that of a knee-jerk liberal academic who thinks that the US is the primary threat to world peace. His views are dangerously naive and his statements suggest a shallow understanding of national security issues and in some cases his facts are wrong.

Mr. Maginnis is a retired Army lieutenant colonel, a national security and foreign affairs analyst for radio and television and a senior strategist with the U.S. Army.

Article: Obama Promises to Dismantle Our Armed Forces
by Robert Maginnis, 04/10/2008
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?print=yes&id=25942

Here's the video from the Obama camp itself:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o84PE871BE
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2008 Pentagon Report (March 2008):
China's Growing Military Space Power

By Leonard David
Special Correspondent, SPACE.com
March 6, 2008

GOLDEN, Colorado — A just-released Pentagon report spotlights a growing U.S. military concern that China is developing a multi- dimensional program to limit or prevent the use of space-based assets by its potential adversaries during times of crisis or conflict.

Furthermore, last year's successful test by China of a direct-ascent, anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon to destroy its own defunct weather satellite, the report adds, underscores that country's expansion from the land, air, and sea dimensions of the traditional battlefield into the space and cyber-space domains.

Although China's commercial space program has utility for non- military research, that capability demonstrates space launch and control know-how that have direct military application. Even the Chang'e 1 — the Chinese lunar probe now circling the Moon — is flagged in the report as showcasing China's ability "to conduct complicated space maneuvers — a capability which has broad implications for military counterspace operations."

To read the entire publication [29.67MB/pdf], see U.S. Dept of Defense:
http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/pdfs/China_Military_Report_08.pdf

36 posted on 04/07/2009 6:17:53 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Sparko

Russia's Medvedev hails "comrade" Obama
Associated Foreign Press (AFP), April 2, 2009, Anna Smolchenko
"Russia's Dmitry Medvedev hailed Barack Obama as "my new comrade" Thursday after their first face-to-face talks"
http://www.france24.com/en/20090402-russias-medvedev-hails-comrade-obama
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April 1, 2009:
"Obama, Medvedev pledge new era of relations":
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090401/wl_afp/usrussiadiplomacynuclear_20090401152002
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"the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century" -Russian leader Vladimir Putin on the collapse of the Soviet Union...
"World democratic opinion has yet to realize the alarming implications of President Vladimir Putin's State of the Union speech on April 25, 2005, in which he said that the collapse of the Soviet Union represented the 'greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.'
http://www.hooverdigest.org/053/beichman.html

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Photos are from the 2008 "Victory Day" parade in Moscow:
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22russia%22%22parade%22%222008%22&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz2
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From National Public Radio (NPR):
August 29, 2006
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been visiting countries such as China, Iran and Russia as part of an effort to build a 'strategic alliance' of interests not beholden to the United States. He considers the United States his arch enemy.":
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5729764
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From the Russian News and Information Agency:
July 27, 2006
"'I am determined to expand relations with Russia,' Chavez, known as an outspoken critic of what he calls the United States' unilateralism, told the Russian leader, adding that his determination stemmed from their shared vision of the global order.":
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20060727/51913498.html
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Venezuela Set to Develop Nuclear Power With Russia
September 29, 2008
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that Russia will help Venezuela develop nuclear energy — a move likely to raise U.S. concerns over increasingly close cooperation between Caracas and Moscow.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,429441,00.html
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Venezuela's Chavez welcomes Russian warships
Nov 25, 2008
LA GUAIRA, Venezuela – Russian warships arrived off Venezuela's coast Tuesday in a show of strength aimed at the United States as Moscow seeks to expand its influence in Latin America. The deployment is the first of its kind in the Caribbean since the Cold War and was timed to coincide with President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Caracas — the first ever by a Russian president.
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22Venezuela%27s+Chavez+welcomes+Russian+warships%22&ei=UTF-8&fr=moz2

More Yahoo search results for Russia and Venezuela connections:
http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0geu_X30pZJCJEAfCtXNyoA?p=Russia+Venezuela+bombers+tanks+arms&y=Search&fr=404_news
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From CBS-News:
July 29, 2006
"Chavez pledged that his country would 'stay by Iran at any time and under any condition,' state television reported. Ahmadinejad said he saw in Chavez a kindred spirit." "'We do not have any limitation in cooperation,' Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying. 'Iran and Venezuela are next to each other and supporters of each other. Chavez is a source of a progressive and revolutionary current in South America and his stance in restricting imperialism is tangible.'":
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/29/world/main1847331.shtml
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Russian nuclear bombers in Cuba?
July 23, 2008

The media has been abuzz today at the prospect of Russian nuclear bombers being stationed in Cuba if the US goes ahead with plans for missile defense bases in Eastern Europe.

The story has riled the US enough that a US general has been wheeled out to tell the world’s press that any Russian attempt to build another nuclear base in Cuba would cross US “red line”.

The story broke earlier this week, when Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted an un-named source from within the Russian military. He told the Russian daily:

“While they are deploying the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, our strategic bombers will already be landing in Cuba.”

The quote hasn’t been independently confirmed, but the Russian Defense Ministry added fuel to the fire when they refused to comment on the story.

The prospect of Russian nuclear forces being stationed in Cuba - which is, after all, only 90 miles from the US coast - would bring back some rather unpleasant memories for the US of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, where the Soviet Union under Nikita Kruschev launched an audacious and foolhardy bid to station nuclear missiles on the Caribbean island.

http://www.siberianlight.net/2008/07/23/russian-nuclear-bombers-cuba/
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From the Sino-Russian Joint Statement of April 23, 1997:
"The two sides [China and Russia] shall, in the spirit of partnership, strive to promote the multipolarization of the world and the establishment of a new international order."
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/HI29Ag01.html
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[2009] Russia, China plan new joint military exercises

By MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst
Published: March 26, 2009

WASHINGTON, March 26 (UPI) -- The continuing tensions over Russia's refusal to sell its state-of-the-art land warfare advanced weapons systems to China hasn't interrupted the rhythm of major joint military exercises between the two major land powers on the Eurasian landmass. The latest in the regular, biennial series of exercises between the two nations has been confirmed for this summer.

The next in the now well-established series of exercises called Peace Mission 2009 will be carried out in northeastern China, the Russian Defense Ministry announced March 18, according to a report carried by the RIA Novosti news agency.

The first bilateral Peace Mission maneuvers -- described at the time as counter-terrorism exercises -- were held in Russia and the eastern Chinese province of Shandong in August 2005. As we reported at that time, they were a lot bigger than mere counter-terrorism exercises. Warships, squadrons of combat aircraft and more than 10,000 troops were involved carrying out landings against hypothetically hostile shores. The maneuvers also involved large-scale paratroops drops. The scale and nature of those exercises suggested a trial run for a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan with Russian support. ..."

http://www.upi.com/Security_Industry/2009/03/26/Russia_China_plan_new_joint_military_exercises/UPI-25021238094858/
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Russia, China flex muscles in joint war games
August 17, 2007

CHEBARKUL, Russia (Reuters) - Russia and China staged their biggest joint exercises on Friday but denied this show of military prowess could lead to the formation of a counterweight to NATO.

"Today's exercises are another step towards strengthening the relations between our countries, a step towards strengthening international peace and security, and first and foremost, the security of our peoples," Putin said.

Fighter jets swooped overhead, commandos jumped from helicopters on to rooftops and the boom of artillery shells shook the firing range in Russia's Ural mountains as two of the largest armies in the world were put through their paces.

The exercises take place against a backdrop of mounting rivalry between the West, and Russia and China for influence over Central Asia, a strategic region that has huge oil, gas and mineral resources.

Russia's growing assertiveness is also causing jitters in the West. Putin announced at the firing range that Russia was resuming Soviet-era sorties by its strategic bomber aircraft near NATO airspace.
http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-29030120070817?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0
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War Games: Russia, China Grow Alliance
September 23, 2005

In foreign policy it’s critical to “know thine enemy.” So American policymakers should be aware that Russia and China are inching closer to identifying a common enemy — the United States.

The two would-be superpowers held unprecedented joint military exercises Aug. 18-25. Soothingly named “Peace Mission 2005,” the drills took place on the Shandong peninsula on the Yellow Sea, and included nearly 10,000 troops. Russian long-range bombers, the army, navy, air force, marine, airborne and logistics units from both countries were also involved.

Moscow and Beijing claim the maneuvers were aimed at combating terrorism, extremism and separatism (the last a veiled reference to Taiwan), but it’s clear they were an attempt to counter-balance American military might.

Joint war games are a logical outcome of the Sino-Russian Friendship and Cooperation Treaty signed in 2001, and reflect the shared worldview and growing economic ties between the two Eastern Hemisphere giants. As the Pravda.ru Web site announced, “the reconciliation between China and Russia has been driven in part by mutual unease at U.S. power and a fear of Islamic extremism in Central Asia.”
http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed092605a.cfm

37 posted on 04/07/2009 6:18:33 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Kaslin
Michell is Jezebel.

Barrack is Ahab.

38 posted on 04/07/2009 6:23:05 AM PDT by Broker (Pray in the spirit of ELIJAH!!!)
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To: proud American in Canada

Sadly, my friend, this can and will go one for at least four years... probably eight. The democrats (can’t muster the energy to capitalize the word anymore) are the communist party, which can only seize power when people’s lives are devastated. There is nothing we can do about it. One post I read a few weeks ago mentioned the fact that if we only had a free press, things would be different. The press, or news media, and to a large extent, hollywood (again, can’t capitalize)have a lock on shaping policy. All the talk show hosts in the world will make no difference. In fact, the left just uses these people to become even stronger. The last thing they want is to silence them. History is crammed packed with examples of what’s going in the here and now. The German citizens went through the exact same thing as we are going through. The thinking German too, wondered what they could do to stop the Natzi party. Now, it is our turn to be victimized. When they take our guns, it’s over.


39 posted on 04/07/2009 6:25:28 AM PDT by hot4plasma
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To: Kaslin

‘America Has a Naive President’

Paging Captain Obvious!


40 posted on 04/07/2009 6:28:51 AM PDT by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: Allegra

I just heard pres__ent dixie chick is at Camp Victory.


41 posted on 04/07/2009 7:01:47 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It took almost 250 years to make the USA great and 30 days for "The Failure" BO to tear it down.)
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To: Kaslin
...Obama said “I am not naïve”...

I say: "yes, you are".

I also say you're an idiot usurper of the position of the POTUS, you're an illegal immigrant with no standing, you're a closeted muslim/islamist and you are most definitely a socialist.

You are not my president, not now, nor ever.

I wish and pray for your abject failure in all endeavors.

42 posted on 04/07/2009 7:01:56 AM PDT by OldSmaj (If Rush is the brains of the GOP, then Rahm Emanuel is the rectum of the Dems and libs.)
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To: hot4plasma

“When they take our guns, it’s over.”

Those who have the idea “they” CAN take our guns are part of the problem!

I think folks are sufficiently stirred up at this point (certainly in the ‘red’ states) that any large-scale gun grab would be met with enthusiastic resistance. It’s no accident all those ‘assault rifles’ and hi-cap handguns have been sold in the last few months.

I think 0bama has way too much to deal with at the moment to even contemplate such a thing. Of course, the situation could change, but I don’t think he’ll be able to do anything unless the economy turns around, and his policies have pretty well guaranteed that won’t happen during his first term.

Instead, buy gold, buy guns, short the stock market, and wait for stagflation or worse.


43 posted on 04/07/2009 7:12:48 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: Arrowhead1952
I just heard pres__ent dixie chick is at Camp Victory.

I have excellent timing. :)

I'll be at Victory in a few days and will miss him.

I'm still annoyed that we were locked down for 45 minutes last summer in the IZ when he came through - and he wasn't prez at the time.

44 posted on 04/07/2009 7:17:35 AM PDT by Allegra ( Never argue with an idiot. They bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.)
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To: Kaslin

Obama is naive, but he also hates America. It is hard to determine which of those characteristics motivates his desire to remove our defenses.


45 posted on 04/07/2009 7:18:33 AM PDT by Junior_G
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To: livius
I don’t think he’s naive. I think he and his backers know perfectly well what he’s doing.

I don't think he is smart enough to be the architech of what he doing. I think he's just the mouth piece. He is programmed just like TOTUS.

46 posted on 04/07/2009 7:30:42 AM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: All

Naive? No. He’s been groomed many many years to take over as president and destroy this country.


47 posted on 04/07/2009 7:35:33 AM PDT by patriot08
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To: Kaslin

The spread of democracy and AGGRESSIVE support of it is the path to a nuclear weapons free world. NOT disarmament.

Obama is not naive, he is a fool and socialist.


48 posted on 04/07/2009 8:12:22 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares (Refusing to kneel before the socialist messiah. 1-20-13 Freedom Day.)
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To: ETL

Thanks for all the links in this and prior post.


49 posted on 04/07/2009 8:25:00 AM PDT by Sparko
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To: Allegra
I have excellent timing. :)

I'll be at Victory in a few days and will miss him.

Good for you. I get up and salute him every time I see him on a TV or hear his voice on the radio - one fingered salute that is. If I'm at home, I use both hands.

50 posted on 04/07/2009 9:27:51 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It took almost 250 years to make the USA great and 30 days for "The Failure" BO to tear it down.)
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