June 8, 2008
Jimmy Obama, Meet Barack Carter
Thanks to long-time caller, first-time listener KarmiCommunist -- wait, I think I mean long-time reader and commenter -- we have a thought-provoking window into the heart of Barack H. Obama. Who would have guessed that he turns out to loath the military and dismiss the necessity of defense?
On Friday, the Investor's Business Daily published an editorial that recalled this pledge that Obama made, way back before the Iowa caucus propelled him into the front ranks of the Democratic nomination army... and began the long, slow, humiliating collapse of the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Before reading further, please watch this video; it's about a minute and a half long:
Here is how the IBD responds:
The Obamatons of the mainstream media have failed to report one of the most chilling campaign promises thus far uttered by the presumptive Democrat nominee for president.
He made it before the Iowa caucus to a left-wing pacifist group that seeks to reallocate defense dollars to welfare programs. The lobbying group, Caucus for Priorities, was so impressed by Obama's anti-military offering that it steered its 10,000 devotees his way.
In a 132-word videotaped pledge (still viewable on YouTube [but maybe not for long! -- the Mgt.]), Obama agreed to hollow out the U.S. military by slashing both conventional and nuclear weapons.
The scope of his planned defense cuts, combined with his angry tone, is breathtaking. He sounds as if the military is the enemy, not the bad guys it's fighting.
In the speech, Obama pledged to...
- Slash "tens of billions of dollars" of "wasteful" defense spending;
- Eliminate "investments in unproven [!] missile defense systems;"
Set a "goal" of "a world without nuclear weapons." He promises to first cease all development of nuclear weapons in this country, and then to go to Russia, hat in hand, to beg them to follow suit (presumably without preconditions). A strong bargaining position, Mr. O!
Will he also then go to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-Il, Hu Jintao -- or even our nuclear-armed allies? Or does this unilateral disarmament apply only to the United States?
- He also wants a "global ban" on fissile materials. I wonder what President Obama will accept as evidence of such destruction... the Supreme Leader of Iran's absolute oral assurance?
I actually know somebody who works on ballistic missile defense (BMD); and I can tell you, without revealing any classified information, that missile defense is not only proven, it has already been implemented on many Navy cruisers and destroyers, and even on ships in the navies of our allies, such as Japan. Does President Obama plan to order all those ships to drydock to have their BMD and Aegis systems ripped out with a clawhammer?
Channeling Jimmy Carter's vice president, Obama made a solemn promise to the Caucus for Priorities -- which the Communist magazine the Nation awarded the title, "Most Valuable Progressive Activist Group of 2007," according to the Caucus' website. Obama swore, "I will not weaponize space." I guess by "space," he means he will remove all those weapons we have in Earth orbit.
Is Obama using cocaine again? There are no orbital weapons. We have done hardly any work outside the laboratory -- decades ago -- on orbital weapons.
I can only conclude that Barack H. Obama is so clueless, he thinks that our current BMD programs include orbital nukes. It's a sobering thought that the man who is only a vote away from becoming the Commander in Chief could display such an astonishing ignorance about basic defense policies that are not even classified.
Our Aegis systems (to defend against short-range missiles) and BMD systems (to defend against longer-range missiles, including ballistic missiles) comprise completely conventional missiles, not nuclear: SM-2 (Standard Missile) for Aegis, SM-3 for BMD. They're fired from ships floating (we hope) on the sea, not from Imperial Star Destoyers in deep space, as Obama evidently fantasizes.
If they "weaponize" anything, it's the ocean... on which, I am reliably informed, there may already have been some weapons, even before we deployed Aegis.
I hate to judge before all the facts are in, but it appears the Democrats have nominated Chance the gardener to be president.
Barack "Chance" Obama ends his spiel saying that his sole priority will be "protecting the American people." Unless, of course, such protection requires a weapons system to which he has taken a dislike (that would be all of them, it appears).
The IBD editorial ends its own, more considered offering with this chilling reminder:
Like the Ben & Jerry's crowd that supports him, Obama believes "real" national security is "humanitarian foreign aid" -- essentially using our troops as international meals-on-wheels in Africa.
We've been down that road before, too, in Somalia and elsewhere. Thanks, but we don't need a third Clinton, or a second Carter, term.
Or even a first Walter Mondale term.
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The following hissed in response by: SlimGuy
As retired military I follow with interest the whole situation that is involved here.
From all the forums and papers I read the only recent discussion that involved space in any way was the brainstorming over what to do in reaction to the Chinese shoot down of one of their old satellites and there were just pro and con discussion of defensive inert weapons to protect our space assets from such an attack.
The conclusion was that there were low risks of a large number of attacks on our birds that would have to occur to blind us totally and that it was simply more cost effective to take out their launch vehicles trying to work such destruction rather than counter it with defensive weapons in space. Also the politics of space based weapons was factored into the whole discussion.
From a development standpoint right now I am more concerned of interference with the development of the Airborne Laser program which offers such high payoff potential for a vastly improved self protection capability.
If allowed to go forward the program will only advance with newer more powerful lasers with more range and better kill profiles and the inevitable move to smaller and better sources of energy for the laser itself.
The following hissed in response by: SlimGuy
Right now the ABL and another ground based system have the development lead for the program, but it is not a real leap to see that when the system gets operational level it is not hard to implement a similar system as a shipboard capability.
A cruiser size vessel and later even smaller could be equipped with laser systems for both missile defense and anti-aircraft capability and smaller units could be developed for close in weapons systems as dual usage for cruise missile threats and close aboard small vessel threats.
I agree with your assessment of his Carter like attitude along with the addition of Clinton wanting to strip our military and declare a peace dividend.
Yeah we see how both of those worked out so well have we not.
The following hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist
In a 132-word videotaped pledge (still viewable on YouTube [but maybe not for long! -- the Mgt.])
I hope someone is able to save it. I tried, but Quick Time and Windows Media Player wouldn't take it...
The above hissed in response by: KarmiCommunist at June 8, 2008 9:32 AM
The following hissed in response by: necromancer
You need a dvx player and software and that can be downloaded from the net. Then you need to get vixy.net to paste the youtube vid in there. then just follow the instructions.Just type this info into whatever seach engine you use and do it.remember all this ahs to be saved as to whatever type of file it may be on the HD.
The following hissed in response by: John Anderson
He also wants a "global ban" on fissile materials.
Oh. Close down all nuclear plants. Electricity is bad for you, you know. Lights? Uh, candles. After all, kerosene is a fossil fuel. Heat? Can't have any - not only do we not want deforestation, burning wood gives off gaseous CO2 (and even some CO). Cooling? Go sit in the shade.
The following hissed in response by: Chris Hunt
I wonder what the French will think of a ban on fissile materials, with the vast majority of their electricity being generated by nuclear power? This business of allowing our "allies" to dictate our policies is so confusing!
Perhaps everything will be better after a nap.
The following hissed in response by: David M
The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the - Web Reconnaissance for 06/09/2008 A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.
The above hissed in response by: David M at June 9, 2008 10:47 AM
The following hissed in response by: narciso79
"Goldeneye" wasn't real, neither was the frozen argon laser in "Real Genius" not yet anyways. Is he really this clueless, don't answer that.
The above hissed in response by: narciso79 at June 9, 2008 5:12 PM
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