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Posted on 03/03/2013 8:29:53 AM PST by COBOL2Java
Republicans and Democrats are blaming one another for impending cuts to the defense budget brought about by sequestration. With serial annual deficits of $1 trillion-plus, however, and an aggregate debt nearing $17 trillion, the United States like an insolvent Rome and exhausted Great Britain of the past was bound to re-examine its expensive overseas commitments and strategic profile.
President Obamas nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary was a sort of Zen-like way of having a Republican combat veteran orchestrate a reduced military. In fact, Mr. Obama has nurtured a broad and diverse constituency for his neoisolationist vision. Budget hawks concede that defense must suffer its fair share of cuts. Libertarians want their republic back and hate the big-government baggage that comes along with military involvement overseas.
Leftists agree, adding that the United States has neither the moral authority nor the wherewithal to manage events overseas. For liberals, a scaled-back military presence abroad means more entitlements at home. For each F-22 Raptor not built, about another 20,000 families could receive food stamps for a year.
The American public exhausted by Iraq and Afghanistan is receptive to all the above arguments. If our poorer grandparents thought 70 percent of the annual U.S. budget devoted to defense after the Korean War was about right, we, the more affluent, insist that even the present 20 percent is far too costly.
The result is that we lead from behind in Libya. France leads from the front in Mali. Syria and Iran shrug off Mr. Obamas periodic sermons to behave. Our reset with Russia was abruptly reset by Russia. American policy in the Middle East could be summed up as whatever as we become only mildly miffed that distasteful authoritarian allies are replaced by more distasteful Islamist enemies.
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Oh, how happy we’re all gonna be when we’re all on foodstamps, paid for by the “wealthy.” Free healthcare, free education, free housing and free lunches for all. And free O-Phones.
Maybe the Indians will take America back.
Obama won’t be satisfied until the whole country’s Detroit - defenseless, lawless, and broke.
Indeed. VDH is spot on.