Obama’s military cuts might be a bridge too far
by Matt Towery
March 02, 2014 09:24 PM | 929 views | 1 1 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Matt Towery
Matt Towery
If anyone believes this nation is truly left of center, they should consider a new poll coming from the usually administration-friendly CBS News. Their polling unit reports a majority of Americans are disappointed in President Obama and give him lousy ratings for his handling of foreign policy and the economy.

But perhaps the biggest failures of this administration have yet to be recognized by most voters. The average American has no idea how many executive orders have been issued to set in place the president’s agenda or how many new changes in rules and regulations this administration is pursuing, many of which will have a profound impact on the lives of millions in the future.

Just consider the “minor” move the administration is advocating that would place millions of seniors taking anti-depressants at risk of no longer receiving the specific medication chosen by their own doctor to deal with a serious problem.

Shifting medicines, upping regulations and creating red tape has been a hallmark of the Obama years. But now comes the next major blunder. President Obama is proposing a substantial reduction in our military that could reduce our troop levels to the lowest since 1940.

Perhaps the only person who should take comfort in this is former President Jimmy Carter, who has forever been the butt of jokes and comments for having allegedly dismantled our military during his years in office. I have noted before, Carter did make reductions, but his actions were not as drastic as those proposed by Obama. Moreover, Carter served admirably in the Navy and was never thought to have an intuitive bias against all things military. I do not doubt that Carter, in his years as president, believed America was indeed exceptional.

And there are some points of fairness to be given to the administration’s position. The argument that we must beef up our ability to protect against cyberattack is real and persuasive. And sometimes the innovations that come from shifting from manpower-driven efforts to those of technology do pay off. Even Carter’s years led to the development of what became drone technology. And it should be added that cuts Carter made occurred while the nation was in the grips of an inflationary and dismal economy.

But Obama’s cuts come in the middle of what he would have us believe is a great economic recovery. Which begs the question of what impact Obama’s newest military proposal might have on what is truly an already jobless recovery.

There is a good chance even Democrats in Congress will reject the administration’s proposed cuts. There are aspects to it that would hit the pocketbook of those lucky enough to remain part of the military and their families, and even Democrats in Congress are rejecting that notion.

Still, it seems the president and his team are ignoring the so often repeated notion that “those who fail to remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” It was less than 25 years ago that Saddam Hussein chose to occupy Kuwait and force the U.S. to deploy troops in a massive operation. And just years earlier, the Soviet Union was still intact and the threat of armed conflict was an ever-present part of a Cold War.

Are we sure another resurgence of a Soviet-like power is not in the making? Can we be sure that other nations, seeing weakness, test our will and might in years to come?

Yes, conflicts in the world are more complicated and yes, our nation has likely committed too many troops into too many wars where an ultimate victory proved temporary at best.

And no, I do not agree with Dick Cheney’s comment that we should cut food stamps rather than troop levels. That simply sounds so callous and only puts an angry and ugly spin on an otherwise reasonable concept that we can make other cuts in many areas, rather than reducing our troop levels.

Imagine that in the very same week he learns that most Americans consider his presidency a disappointment. President Obama decides to press forward with this added effort to dismantle America’s strength.

It’s looking more and more like in his mind, the only thing exceptional about America is Obama.

Matt Towery is author of the book “Paranoid Nation: The Real Story of the 2008 Fight for the Presidency.” He heads the polling and political information firm InsiderAdvantage.

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East Cobb Senior
March 03, 2014
I do not agree with your timid assessment of the flagrant failures of Jimmy Carter and his administration. His ineptitude in undermining and facilitating the downfall of the Shah of Iran has lead directly to the emergence of the Islamic Fundamentalist terrorist movement and the Muslim expansionism in the Middle East. He along with his mentor, the late Senator Frank Church and his new CIA Chief Stansfield Turner, singularly dismantled our worldwide intelligence capability which has put us at tremendous disadvantage to this day. Carter's Presidency and actions in foreign and domestic policy coupled with a major downsizing of the military was the precursor for the exuberance of the Muslim worlds to challenge western culture and Christianity in general.

Although I agree that there are those in need of assistance, I find it ludicrous that close to 50 million Americans are so destitute that they have to rely on Government assistance to feed their families. The Obama Administration has deliberately rewritten rules to entice and encourage an overwhelming number of Americans to accept dependence and relinquish their independence from personal responsibility. Food Stamps, expanded and relaxed rules on Medicaid eligibility and Obamacare are a creeping cancer on the independence of American Citizens.

As for history and “those who fail to remember the past are doomed to repeat it”, the only history that Obama is focused on is what he ill perceives as America's colonial ambitions. He has renounced American exceptionalism in favor of mediocrity and continues to lie to the American people while apologizing to the world for our benevolence, freedom and democracy.

President Ronald Reagan's strategy of "Peace Through Strength" served us well and brought about an end to the "Cold War". Obama's incompetence, Anti-American philosophy and naïveté in dealing with Putin, so reminiscent of the Liberal Neville Chamberlain in his dealings with Adolf Hitler 1939, is leading us into another "Cold War" that could well develop into a "Hot War" if our adversaries perceive us to be weak both militarily and politically.

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