Is Obama cutting the military’s budget?
As a rule, I try never to impute bad motives on political figures whose political positions I don’t necessarily agree with. Honest people can disagree.
Instead, I just assume Palin and Gingrich are nice, well-meaning people who just happen to have never read the U.S. Constitution and who are ignorant of New York’s proud diversity because they seldom (if ever) see the parts of NYC that aren’t visible during their short walks from the front door of Fox News’s Sixth Avenue studio to their limos.
I also assume Palin and Gingrich are just as strongly opposed to the construction of new mainstream Christian church facilities in cities where violent extremist Christians have committed atrocities. I bet they’d say “No new churches in Oklahoma City because Timothy McVeigh was a Christian” if you asked them. Too bad the biased liberal media never asks.
My willingness to give politicians the benefit of the doubt about their motives, however, vanishes when obvious, undeniable facts are ignored.
Remember when the Bush Administration and its cheerleaders insisted the Iraq war was a success even when it was obvious to anyone paying attention that the U.S. invasion kick-started a horrific civil war in Iraq that killed tens of thousands of innocent people and sent millions of Iraqi refugees into Jordan and Syria? Facts be damned. It’s a success because we say it’s a success.
Less offensive, but born of the same freaky militaristic blindness, is the persistent accusation that cutting the Pentagon’s budget even a little bit will somehow damage America.
Influential neoconservative pundit Max Boot wrote a bizarre column in the Washington Post on July 30 blaming U.S. military spending cuts for pretty much everything bad that ever happened to the U.S. For example, in Boot’s estimation the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor because they didn’t fear our small, pre-WWII military. Of course, someone who’s read an actual history book might argue that the only reason the Japanese sneak-attacked our docked Navy as the opening strike of our Pacific expansion plan was precisely because they did fear the U.S. Navy.
Why couldn’t the U.S. secure Iraq? Not because it was a fool’s errand, but because lame-o Clinton cut the military’s budget, Boot says. But wait, there’s more. Why did anti-American revolutionary governments take over Nicaragua and Iran in 1979? Not because both countries were ruled by corrupt, cruel autocrats who were extraordinarily bad at their jobs, but because the U.S. military wasn’t strong enough to stop it. And my favorite of Boot’s “don’t shrink the military” warnings: his assertion that segregation gripped the Southern U.S. because the Union military was dismantled after the Civil War. It had nothing to do with ingrained racism, you see. We just needed a few more Vermonters patrolling the South with rifles.
Writing for the conservative opinion magazine The Weekly Standard, Gary J. Schmitt accuses the Obama Administration of jeopardizing America’s global leadership, as well as freedom itself, because he has already “cut some $300 billion in defense programs” while “spending nearly $800 billion to (supposedly) stimulate the economy.”
So are Obama and Democrats gutting or even trimming military spending by any objective measure?
Absolutely not. The Obama Adminstration’s proposed military budget for the next fiscal year is $708 billion. That’s 6.1 percent higher than any of George “With us or against us” Bush’s military budget — and does NOT include inevitable supplemental spending bills for the war Obama is escalating in Afghanistan.
In 2009, the U.S. was responsible for 43 percent of the entire world’s military spending. The next biggest spender is European Union — responsible for 21 percent of the world’s military spending.
In other words — the U.S. and its closest allies are responsible for nearly to 2/3 of the entire world’s military spending. Not even deep cuts in Pentagon spending will change the fact the U.S. is the world’s only global military superpower.
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