Reagan moved toward making nuclear weapons obsolete by increasing the power and scope and strength of the American military, by investing in missile defense systems, by employing a proactive and confidence-inspiring attitude toward foreign policy, and by ensuring through a reduced tax burden and other fiscally conservative economic measures that we would be stronger on an individual level here at home. His goals were ridiculed as impossible by longtime Illinois Congressman John Anderson, among others, who insisted that the only way to cut taxes, increase defense spending and balance the budget was through “smoke and mirrors.”
Like Reagan, former President George W. Bush cut taxes to strengthen the American economy, increased intelligence and defense spending, adopted an aggressive foreign policy, and also made giant steps in terms of missile defense. He was derided for it, dismissed as a “cowboy” by traditionally white flag-waving European powers and called “stupid” by the political left in America. But at the end of the day, George W. Bush kept America safe.
President Barack Obama, however, is doing little more than inviting disaster in the name of political correctness and meaningless outward overseas perception, and with each hour he continues down his current path we move closer and closer to the day where America will learn, firsthand, just how dangerous the combination of arrogance and ignorance truly can be.
And people on both sides of the political aisle are taking notice, as in the past 48 hours both former Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman and conservative Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have come out staunchly against Barack Obama’s planned cuts in missile defense spending.
Today, the former Democrat criticized President Barack Obama’s planned cuts in missile defense systems and spending, saying that such cutbacks would endanger the United States and U.S. interests, and could lead to the perception that America cannot be depended upon by her allies. In a letter penned by Lieberman to President Obama, he wrote that our cooperation on missile defense systems “is now a critical component of many of our closest security partnerships around the world,” and expressed worries that cuts to missile defense spending and defense spending in general “could inadvertently undermine these relationships and foster the impression that the United States is an unreliable ally.”
Liberal Democrats, it seems, know no consequences other than unintended adverse consequences, and this is one that I’ve written about several times here at America’s Right. As I’ve mentioned before, my wife’s family is Polish and many still live overseas. Poland, of course, engaged in a heated internal debate about whether or not to get mixed up in plans to host the American missile defense system. On one hand, the Poles feared reprisal from Russia, but on the other, the nation has never forgotten the lessons of the Westerplatte.
At the end of the day, Poland stuck its neck out in support of former President George W. Bush and his missile shield, only to watch as the new American president suspended the plans after Poland’s intent was already conveyed to Russia and to the rest of the world. High and dry, Barack Obama left Poland, for no reason other than to perpetuate his idyllic worldview of a planet free from nuclear weapons–and, presumably, free from all evil, poverty, death, destruction, and capitalism–regardless of the consequences.
Secondly, even though it was a single comment from Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey which set the tone for much of the derisiveness toward Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during last year’s presidential direction, Fey’s refrain of “and I can see Russia from my house” underscores much of why Palin is in a unique position to discuss missile defense.
In fact, Palin is charged with command over the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard, the only National Guard unit on permanent active duty, and because of her proximity to Russia–thank you, Tina Fey–and to North Korea is privy to matters of national defense and security which other governors and legislators may not necessarily be exposed to.
Such a unique position as Alaskan governor should have added weight to a press release offered yesterday by the governor’s office in Juneau which the mainstream press, hesitant to offer anything which could even slightly portray Palin as competent, seemed to inexplicably overlook. From the release:
“I am deeply concerned with North Korea’s development and testing program which has clear potential of impacting Alaska, a sovereign state of the United States, with a potentially nuclear armed warhead,” Governor Palin said. “I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that we continue to develop and perfect the global missile defense network. Alaska’s strategic location and the system in place here have proven invaluable in defending the nation.”
Governor Palin stressed the importance of Fort Greely and the need for continued funding for the Missile Defense Agency. The governor is firmly against U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ proposed $1.4 billion reduction of the Missile Defense Agency. Greely’s isolated location in Alaska as well as its strategic location in the Pacific allows for maximum security and development of the country’s only ground-based missile defense complex.
“Our early opposition to reduced funding for the Missile Defense Agency is proving to be well-founded during this turbulent time,” Governor Palin said. “I continue to support the development and implementation of a defensive missile shield based in Alaska. We are strategically placed to defend the critical assets of the United States and our allies in the Pacific Theater.”
Anybody who is surprised by Barack Obama’s funding priorities–for example, pulling $1.4 billion from missile defense but gladly offering more than $5 billion to organizations like ACORN–should be given a strict talking-to for the failure and refusal to pay attention during last year’s election, where his disdain for all things military was discussed by a wide variety of fair or right-leaning media outlets, including here at America’s Right.
On May 21, 2008 for example, I wrote that Obama’s “laissez-faire attitude toward the Global War on Terror and national security, combined with his twisted, suicidal faith in the hearts and consciences of some of the most evil men in the world, should worry every American who values their freedom — not to mention their head.” With that sentiment, I included a short video:
In the meantime, I continue to find it amazing how, on so many issues, former president George W. Bush still remains the preferred scapegoat among blame-shifters small and large on the American political left, even months after the election of the liberal Messiah. I’ll tell you what, though — Bush may not have been able to properly pronounce the word “nuclear,” but at least he understood that word’s geopolitical importance and the threat such weapons could present.
And between you and me, I’d rather have an American president who mispronounces “nuke-u-lar” than an ignorant, idyllic, naive Neville Chamberlain type whose bedside Webster’s Dictionary in the White House residence is perpetually open to “detente.”