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The Hagel Pick Telegraphs Weakness

cchuba Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 9:17 AM
How large of a military do we actually need, how is cutting an annual budget that is now $700B by 10% and then let it grow inflation 'disarming'? We would still have a military budget that is 5 times larger than the next largest military budget (China's).
Don664 Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 9:48 AM
It always depends on the threat. There are 300 million Muslims in the fundamentalist movement. They all want the US destroyed. The current president (like all socialists) thinks he can talk anyone into anything (Doesn't help. Remember FDR/Stalin?). Right now, those 300 m fundamentalists don't have the fire power to destroy us. But they still must be opposed where ever we can oppose them before they get that fire power. That means grunts. China is working on a tank that can challenge ours. They have many thousands more under arms than we do. What money they spend is irrelevant. I admit that the People Army is probably going to be used against the Chinese sooner than us.
cchuba Wrote: Jan 11, 2013 10:08 AM
How are those 300M going to stop fighting each other long enough to try to invade us? How are they going to build the logistics to try to invade us? How are they going to cross the ocean past the world's greatest navy and air force to land in North America? How will they ever build a nuclear arsenal that is even have as capable as the Soviet Union who was scared off by our missile defense system? Our current budget allows for all of the items I am talking about.

Editor's Note: This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison.

President Obama’s choice of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for Sec. of Defense is a

dangerous choice that telegraphs weakness toward Iran. In the Senate, Mr. Hagel compiled a worrisome record toward the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism.

It is Iran that backs Hezbollah in Lebanon. We haven’t heard much about the Cedar Revolution in that war-torn country. That’s because Hezbollah murdered the democratic leaders for reform. Iran is behind Hamas in Gaza. Hamas defeated the corrupt regime of Mahmoud Abbas in elections in Gaza that soon degenerated into civil...