So outlandish, so reckless is President Obama’s ambition to disarm the United States that thirty-four members of the House of Representatives last week forcefully urged him to reverse course. In a letter dated February 17 and headlined by the chairmen of the House Armed Services Committee and its Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Reps. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-California) and Michael Turner (R-Ohio), respectively, these legislators described it as motivated by nothing less than “blind ideology.” They insisted that such blindness not be allowed to “drive a matter as important as U.S. nuclear forces over reality.”
What is particularly vexing to these legislators is that this marks the first time “a President has directed specific force levels as part of a review of the Nation’s nuclear employment strategy.” They observed that, instead, “…Such a review should begin and end with one question: What levels of U.S. nuclear forces are necessary to convince our enemies and adversaries that they cannot succeed in an attack on this country or its allies?”
It is not just that President Obama is blindly driving for ideological reasons the numerical evisceration of U.S. nuclear forces. As Congressman Turner pointed out earlier this month in introducing legislation aimed at holding the administration to commitments made during the consideration of the New START Treaty in 2010, the administration is also walking away from its promises to modernize what remains of our deterrent. Over time, the practical effect of combining the draconian nuclear cuts Mr. Obama seeks and his failure to arrest and reverse the atrophying of the obsolescing arsenal will leave us functionally disarmed.
Barack Obama’s true colors are showing. His blind ideology is not only at work in gutting America’s deterrent. That impulse, not new-found budget discipline, is the driving force behind his hollowing out of the rest of the U.S. military, too.
These data points vividly underscore, even as they advance, the true Obama Doctrine: “Embolden our enemies. Undermine our allies. Diminish our country.” Unless reversed, the world will be an infinitely more dangerous place for this nation and other friends of freedom.
It is an astonishing insight into the President’s commitment to “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” – in the worse sense of the phrase – that he is willing to take such steps in the midst of his reelection campaign. Imagine what he would do if the last vestiges of restraining accountability are removed in a second term.
Frank Gaffney Jr. is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy and author of War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World .
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