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Obama Wants Defense Cuts Which Will Endanger the Nation. by The Elephant's Child

President Obama said today that “the only thing” allowing sequestration to proceed  is Republicans unwillingness to raise taxes on “the rich.” Uh huh.

OBAMA: Nobody wants sequestration to happen. This was set up as an inducement for Congress to do the right thing, to reduce the deficit by an additional $1.2 billion [sic], and the only thing that’s standing in the way of getting this done right now is the unwillingness on the part of some members of Congress and folks in the Republican Party to give up on some tax breaks for folks like me who don’t need them.

Most “solemn responsibility” indeed. See here. He speaks about”running two wars on a credit card” with no mention of running wasteful stimulus, foolish alternative energy, and billions of wasted taxpayer dollars. He seems unaware that his policies have put the nation in deep financial trouble, and sequestration would put us in national security peril. His “Arab Spring” has turned incredibly dangerous, his precipitous pull-out in Iraq and Afghanistan has been deadly for the servicemen whose lives he claims to care about. It is a very dangerous world out there, and Obama has made it much more so.

His vaunted tax increase on “the rich” which includes some rich people as well as 1.2 million small businesses who report their business income as individuals. Those businesses are usually the engine of growth that brings an economy out of recession, but Obama has dumped on them with threatened tax increases, tax increases in ObamaCare, overregulation from the EPA and every other department of the government. This is not the time to raise taxes on anyone. There is an extreme risk that it will send the economy back into recession — we’re not far from that now.

The level of sheer incompetence is breathtaking.

Comes news that a State Department advisory board report made public today, shows that the Obama administration is studying cuts in U.S. strategic arsenals to “very low” levels and ultimately eliminating nuclear arms.

According to the report, the board studied “an end state defined by the narrower issue of a world with drastically reduced (and ultimately eliminated) nuclear arsenals, and associated reductions in security challenges which could drive nations to the acquisition and/or use of nuclear weapons.”

Another concept examined by the board was working to create a future that is “a cooperative world of ‘increased transparency and trust’ without ‘adversarial challenges’ in which [nuclear deterrence] is no longer necessary.”

The report said that the cooperative world scenario “may be unrealistic to achieve in an acceptable timeframe” and focused instead on how to cut nuclear arsenals.

The report calls for conciliatory policies toward Russia and dialogue involving “cooperative security” efforts designed to reduce the risk of a nuclear conflict.

Do read the whole thing.  “A cooperative world of ‘increased transparency and trust’ indeed. Perhaps the most frightening thing about Barack Obama is that he does not change his mind. He decided somewhere, maybe back in high school that war was bad and nuclear weapons shouldn’t be allowed, and he hasn’t learned anything since.

Obama wants to raise taxes on “the rich” which will do approximately nothing to reduce the deficit, and may move us back into real recession; and he will blackmail Republicans who feel that protecting the nation actually has value. As I said: The level of sheer incompetence is breathtaking.

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