Critics of the president’s Pentagon cuts are missing the overriding problem with his military spending “plans.”
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Right now there are hundreds of satellites in orbit, most of them top-secret in capabilities and many so secret that their existence is not disclosed. In the unclassified world, we know about the MILSTAR satellites that our forces depend on for jam-resistant communications at all levels, from the lowliest Marine squad leader to the national command center. They are — as best we can make them — protected against quickly-evolving cyberwar attacks. So is the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation of satellites that provides high-capacity communications to deployed forces.
Nothing in the budget paper says we will replace these assets, all of which are aging out. A satellite of these types — and the classified ones — routinely cost $1 billion each, take years to develop, and cost hundreds of millions to launch. How are we going to “enhance” our space-based assets? We aren’t, at least according to the Obama documents.
We won’t be able to afford satellites, ships, or aircraft in part because Obama is diverting the defense budget to his “green energy” plans to starve us of energy. Forget drilling: in his State of the Union address, Obama said: “And I’m proud to announce that the Department of Defense, the world’s largest consumer of energy, will make one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history — with the Navy purchasing enough capacity to power a quarter of a million homes a year.”
The Green Grifters will get money — millions? billions? — that could actually be spent on assets that kill people and break things. To sustain the Green Grifters, Obama is robbing our military of capabilities it needs.
Last, and not least, is the idea of “reversibility.” Panetta’s budget outline says that it makes “… major adjustments in a way that best allows for their reversal or for regeneration of capabilities if future circumstances change.” Really?
Obama has terminated production of the F-22, C-17, DDG-1000, and much more. When a production line is shut down, it’s not kept in mothballs. It’s broken up, people are reassigned, and factories are either emptied and sold or filled with machinery and people to build other products. If you want to resume production of one of those systems, you’ll have to pay billions to do it, and spend the time it will take, which will be measured in five-year chunks. Panetta’s easy “reversal or regeneration” is a fantasy.
Obama’s strategy and Pentagon budget will not produce the defense capabilities we need now or in the future. They may as well have been drafted by Paul McCartney and the late John Lennon:
Do, don’t you want me to love you
I’m coming down fast but I’m miles above you
Tell me, tell me, tell me, come on tell me the answer
You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer.
Helter skelter, helter skelter
Obama may be a lover and a dancer, but he ain’t no strategist.
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?