Skip to comments.The Defense Crisis
Posted on 04/09/2014 4:11:06 PM PDT by Hojczyk
The Wall Street Journal today opines on Putin Invades, Obama Dismantles, and it is afire follow up to my conversation yesterday with the Journals Bret Stephens about Putins aggression and the just leaked plans for the next round of cuts to our nuclear arsenal:
Defense officials privately had said that they expected the cuts to spare U.S. submarine-launched weapons, which are considered the most survivable leg of the nuclear triadwhich consists of bombers, subs and land-based missilesand therefore the strongest deterrent force.
But the Pentagon instead decided to cut the number of submarine missile launch tubes from 336 today to 240 by 2018, a 29% reduction. It will cut the number of nuclear bombers from 96 B-52 and B-2s today to 66 by 2018, a 38% cut.
The Congressional GOP is belatedly taking notice and trying to get their Democratic colleagues to recognize that 2014 is not 1991 and that Russia and the PRC are aggressive, authoritarian powers that require a robust U.S. military and especially a fully functioning nuclear deterrent, not an ideology driven parity-by-leftwing-politics arsenal.
Paul Ryan has a piece out on the defense side of his budget, and the Washington Examiners David Drucker reports on the turn towards sharply higher defense spending. The bad news is that Dick Durbin is the Senates leader on defense appropriations and he is solidly in the Obama appeasement camp. Until the Senate is back in GOP hands, Putin, the PRC, Iran and the rest of the worlds aggressive authoritarians wont have to worry that the U.S. is serious about rebuilding its nuclear deterrent, much less its Navy and Marine Corps or restoring too-deep Army cuts. Bret Stephens spelled it out Monday: It is Putins Moment.
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Face reality. If Obama could with the wave of his hand totally destroy the USA he would do it. At no time in our history have we ever faced such a threat to our continued existence.
I do believe when Putin takes Alaska back, Caliph Baraq will issue a strongly worded statement.