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It’s a boondogle!
— Dan Gebow
SUBSIDIZING WELFARE STATES
Re: Doug Bandow’s The Cold War Is History:
While it would be imprudent to totally abandon NATO it is time we begin looking for ways to cut back on U.S. defense expenditures in Europe. When President Bush wisely proposed scaling back on overseas bases, there was catcall from faux war hero John Kerry. Meanwhile, European politicians were worried about the loss of revenue, Democrats and conservatives — they were all wrong. Europe must be forced to defend itself, because thanks to Barack Obama and Democrats the U.S. cannot continue funding foreign “military welfare programs” in Europe. With their reckless spending and bankrupt domestic agenda, Democrats are imperiling the U.S. military at a time when it must be focused on eliminating the threat of Islamic imperialism (a force Europe would rather coddle than fight).
While I’m not advocating closing all bases in Europe it would be wise to consider strategic downsizing and the first place to cut is the U.S. Army’s presence in Germany. British Tory Liam Fox is right, “For NATO to work properly as a security alliance in the post Cold War world, NATO members must have the willingness to take equal risks with regards to supplying troops and equipment.” He is also correct when he opines it is time for Britain to end its military presence in Germany. The Soviet Union no longer exists, its massive horde of tanks rolling across Central Europe is no longer a threat, so there is no need for the U.S. to maintain expensive Army bases in Germany. The billions spent there on the Army would be better spent on the F-22 Raptor and increasing the size of the Navy. Both weapons systems are more essential to the defense of the U.S. and its power projection than “resorts” in lovely Bavaria.
France and Germany want to be players on the world stage and plan to dominate the E.U. — let them by shouldering the defense of their continent. There is also the issue that some of the host nations are hostile to the U.S., because of its dominance in the world. To make them happy we should get the hell out of their countries as fast as possible. The socialists of Spain are far more interested in currying the favor of Islamic extremists than the U.S. military so maybe we should consider closing the Navy base at Rota. The U.S. military does not exist as a source of revenue for bankrupt leftist governments in Europe. Its purpose is to defend America and make life hell for this country’s enemies.
The time has come for the U.S. to end it financial
subsidies to Europe’s military forces and their welfare
— Michael Tomlinson
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Re: Jay D. Homnick’s A Thousand Points of Lightness:
With all due respect to Mr. Homnick, always very amusing to
read, President Obama cannot “defeat the law of gravity” (not to
mention gravity itself), and this will be his undoing.
In the end, reality is what it is, and all the progressive
nostrums in the world won’t change that. The only question is how
much the rest of us will have to suffer, and for how long, until
sanity returns. Happily, Americans don’t suffer suffering as some
other peoples do, and it already appears that they have had
enough. The next many months, and beyond that, two years or so,
should be fun to watch; something about “reaping the whirlwind”
comes to mind.
— D. Reich
Auburn New York
THE MANDATE FROM HEAVEN
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s The Running of the Bulls: Is Harry Reid the Next Scott Lucas?:
I once ran across the theory that with those elected
politicians who serve for long periods of time, after awhile the
old generation that elected them dies out and a new generation
comes in. These new voters “know of” the politician, but they
don’t “know” him — he doesn’t campaign that much, they don’t
hear him on radio (or, later, see him on TV), and they don’t get
to know him in a way that will make them vote for him. Especially
if someone they do know, and do want to vote for, comes along.
In any government, one’s Mandate from Heaven can run out
abruptly, and any leader who loses sight of that might lose sight
of other things.
— Robert Nowall
Cape Coral, Florida
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?