On Monday, Obama delivered a fiercely-partisan speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a speech which was simply a litany of blatant lies. He lied about his record on defense issues while ridiculously accusing Republicans (!) of putting the military in jeopardy, when in fact HE is the one who has put it in danger by first demanding the inclusion of very deep defense spending cuts in the debt ceiling deal, and now threatening ANY effort to undo at least a part of these cuts. Meanwhile, Republicans are the ONLY ones who have put forward and passed any solutions to the problem, namely, the Ryan Budget Plan (H. Con. Res. 112) and the Sequester Reconciliation Act.
That Obama, a defense weakling, is now trying to portray himself as strong on defense (which he has never been) is downright laughable. But why did the WaTimes publish that Obama propaganda piece?
“Mr. Obama told the VFW audience that America has “the best trained, best led, best equipped military in history, and as long as I am commander in chief, I am going to keep it that way.”
That’s a lie. The US military is currently using, for the most part, obsolete, worn-out, unsurvivable equipment dating back to the 1960s and the 1970s. Yet, Obama has already killed over 50 crucial modernization programs, cut back many others, cut the size of the military, and began deep unilateral cuts to the US nuclear arsenal, which is already at a historic low. If his further defense cuts – including the $487 bn cuts mandated by the First Tier of the BCA and sequestration – go through, the military will be gutted, and HE will be responsible for it. Here is a list of the consequences of sequestration.
“Mr. Obama said the blame for the impasse lies with Republicans insisting on tax cuts for the wealthy, though the White House has said Mr. Obama would veto a bill that did not end the Bush cuts for families earning more than $250,000 per year. “Instead of making tough choices to reduce the deficit, they’d rather protect tax cuts for some of the wealthiest Americans, even if it risks big cuts in our military,” Mr. Obama said of Republican lawmakers. “I’ve got to tell you, VFW, I disagree. If the choice is between tax cuts that the wealthiest Americans don’t need, and funding our troops that they definitely need to keep our country strong, I will stand with our troops every single time. So let’s stop playing politics with our military.””
Utter garbage! Firstly, Republicans want to prolong tax cuts for EVERYONE – not just the wealthy. Secondly, the wealthy have the same right to keep the money they’ve earned as everyone else. Thirdly, raising taxes on the wealthy would only prompt them to leave the US and thus cause the Treasury to LOSE, not increase, its tax revenue. In other words, it would make the budget deficit problem worse. That’s what happened in Britain when it instituted a 50% personal income tax rate. Fourthly, Obama earlier threatened to veto ANY effort to undo sequestration, even WITH tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans.
Furthermore, Obama will not side with the military and has never sided with it. Let’s remember that those deep defense cuts are in the BCA because OBAMA and CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS demanded them during the debt ceiling deal negotiations, and that even BEFORE there were any deal talks, and before anyone even saw the need to raise the debt ceiling, Obama demanded another $400 bn in defense cuts. In short, it was HIM who demanded deep defense cuts, well before the start of the debt ceiling talks, and HE demanded that they be included in the debt ceiling deal.
Republicans are the ONLY proponents of a strong defense in America. When the Super Committee failed to do its job – thanks to the Dems’ insistence on massive tax hikes on working Americans – the House passed a fiscally responsible budget and a separate bill that would address the problem of sequestration. But Obama continues to threaten to veto it and any other bill that does not contain massive tax hikes on hardworking Americans – a demand that Obama knows full well Republicans will not cave in to.
““As president, I’ve continued to make historic investments to keep our armed forces strong,” he said. “Guided by our new defense strategy, we will maintain our military superiority. It will be second to none as long as I am president and well into the future.””
That’s a blatant lie. “Historic investments? Please. America’s base defense budget now stands at just 3.63% of GDP and less than 15% of the tot. federal budget; total military spending adds up to 4.41% and less than 19% of the TFB. Obama’s defense cuts (even without sequestration) would take defense spending even lower, as the following graph from the Heritage Foundation proves.
Among the consequences of Obama’s pre-sequester FY2013-FY2022 defense cuts would be: a dramatic cut (of 16 ships, including one DDG and one Virginia class sub) in the already-inadequate shipbuilding plan; a cut in the amphib ship fleet to just 29 vessels, well short of the 34 required to ferry 2 Marine Expeditionary Brigades ashore simoultaneously; the retirement of the Navy’s 7 youngest Tico class cruisers (equivalent to losing the entire firepower of the British Royal Navy); the retirement of dozens of C-130, C-27, C-26, and C-5 airlifters, hundreds of A-10 attack aircraft, and squadrons of F-15s and F-16s; cuts in the R&D programs of cutting-edge technologies such as laser and other directed energy weapon programs; cuts in funding for bomber upgrades; cuts in the orders for JHSVs, V-22 Ospreys, P-8 Poseidon MMAs, E-2D Hawkeye AEW aircraft, and other vital weapons; further delays of the F-35; closure of the M1 Abrams tank production line and foregoing tank upgrades; cuts in funding for nuclear modernization; and a cut of the deployed US nuclear arsenal down to just 1,000 warheads, while Russia is allowed to have 1,550 and China to have an indefinite number (it has up to 3,000 nuclear warheads, deployed and nondeployed, most of them hidden in underground tunnels).
The US military is already well on its way to being decisively inferior to the militaries of China and Russia. If Obama is reelected, this slide into inferiority will be accelerated and completed. He has deeply and unilaterally cut the US nuclear arsenal and plans to do so further – down to just 1,000 or fewer warheads – while failing to modernize whatever remains of that arsenal. He will also have no qualms about giving up on missile defense – reelection will provide him with the necessary “flexibility” to do so, as he has already promised to the Russians. And he will continue to make deep cuts in America’s conventional capabilities.
Don’t believe Obama, folks. He’s a liar. It’s HIM who demanded deep defense cuts – even before the debt ceiling deal talks began; it’s him who insisted on their inclusion in the deal; and it’s him who now threatens to veto any solution to it. And he has made deep, reckless cuts in the US nuclear deterrent.