Saturday, June 07, 2008

Obama to Gut Defense Spending as President

Photo: Two interceptor missiles launched from the USS Lake Erie June 5, 2008.

Obama's Defense Policy was enunciated in a video message to the Caucus4Priorities (watch video.) He made his pledge in 2007 and also offered he does not change his mind on such promises.

"I'm the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning; and as president, I will end 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.

"I will institute an independent defense priorities board to ensure that the Quadrennial Review is not used to justify unnecessary defense spending.

"Third, I will set a goal for a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop 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 arsenal."
Caucus4Priorities, and apparently Obama, wants to move 15% of Pentagon discretionary spending from "obsolete Cold War weapons towards education, health care, job training, alternative energy development, world hunger and deficit-reduction."

Other sacrificial programs are "the F-22 Raptor, the V-22 Osprey, the Virginia-class sub, the DDG-1,000 destroyer and the Army's Future Combat System." Obama also intends to gut the missile defence system that just days ago successfully shot down an untagged incoming test ballistic missile. Obama claims the system is "unproven". when, in fact, the missile test have have succeeded more often than failed. Here is a video of the February 2008 test. Alas, facts will not dissuade Obama and his liberal backers.

The last time we heard such program cuts, Bill Clinton led us into an ill-advised denuclearization program and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Then he opened our nuclear test labs for looting by Chinese military nuke scientists.

Obama's opponent, John McCain, made this promise out in the open, "We must continue to deploy a safe and reliable nuclear deterrent, robust missile defenses and superior conventional forces that are capable of defending the United States and our allies." But he would say that. He's an American patriot.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


dcat said...

I hope Israel does the job soon!!!


Anonymous said...

Not to worry. It really doesn’t matter what Obama is planning to do. Even with his liberal backing, at least 97% Blacks votes, he will NOT be elected President of the United States. (Never happen) This is just one of those irritating Reality Shows wastes your time to watch. We have to see and hear from this guy until the election. Before it was just plain funny to watch Hillary and Barrack fight it out . While the Democratic Party showed there true colors. The Dem’s had a good chance and blew it. Hillary was their only chance. They couldn’t even do that right. Got any collections of Obama’s wife’s pictures? These could be funny because she is pretty ugly to start off.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that this post quotes Obama as saying Other sacrificial programs are, "the F-22 Raptor, the V-22 Osprey, the Virginia-class sub, the DDG-1,000 destroyer and the Army's Future Combat System."

However, Obama never mentions any of these programs by name in the video.

Indigo Red said...

Quite right, Anonymous.

However, as Senator, Obama has placed himself foursquare against these programs. It is a safe bet that as President with veto power over programs and spending he opposed as a Senator, he would continue to oppose the F-22 and V-22 programs, as well as all the other military programs he has opposed in the past. There is also no indication in his nomination campaign that he has changed his mind.

That doe not mean he will not change positions if he becomes President and is then privy to data not available to him now. But, he did say in the statement he would not change his mind

Gayle said...

I have the most damaging part of that Obama speech posted as a video up top on my blog. I placed it into the template so that it will stay there until the general election, unless something even more damaging comes along.

Indigo Red said...

It's hard to imagine something more damaging, but Obama is a special case. Yet, even this doesn't seem to get thru democrat thick skull.