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Obama Lurches Left With Pick of Hagel for Defense

Wolfgang6 Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 12:12 PM
"Gutting our military"!?! A bloated, grossly over-funded and financially irresponsible Defense Department and its associated military contractors needs some serious reining in. The time is also long overdue when we start requiring other nations to shoulder responsibilities so we can use the money to rebuild our own nation.
Corbett_ Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 2:46 PM
Alex:

As one of the last of the Cold Warriors, I grew up as anti-red as they come. I routinely referred to members of the John Birch Society as "pinkos" because they were to the left of me. I was in military intelligence when the Berlin Wall fell.

But those days are over. Russia is NOT the USSR. The Chicoms are not about to invade anywhere we care about. Communism is dead -- except in American classrooms and the White House.

The biggest threat we have is a different "red menace" -- the menace of red ink. If this nation is to survive, we must cut ALL government expenditures. Including Defense.
Alex_P Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 2:22 PM
As the one who grew up in USSR (and held a reserve officer commission in the Soviet Army, not even counting growing up as army brat on the bases throughout USSR), I can assure you that US was always "probable foe" (Soviet-speak for the target) and still is.
Russian government will starve the people, but maintain the army.

Oh, why do I feed the trolls!
Sorry.
Barack Obama, we have been told by his admirers on the left and right, is an instinctive centrist, a moderate always ready to negotiate compromises, a politician deeply interested in the nuances of public policy.

His image as a centrist took hold at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, where he gave a speech hailing not the blue states or the red states but the United States of America.

But over the course of Obama's first term, this analysis increasingly sounded like wishful thinking. And never more than during the past week, with the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of...