A New Low

White House threatens Nebraska senator with closure of a crucial Air Force base in an attempt to obtain his critical vote on health care reform

First, they gave Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu $300 million in exchange for her vote in favor of Harry Reid’s health care reform bill. That was bad enough. Now, the White House is playing games with our national security and using 10,000 military families as political pawns in an attempt to garner the vote of Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, who has had very public misgivings about voting for the legislation because it holds provisions which would allocate federal funds to fund abortions.

According to the Weekly Standard, the White House is threatening to place Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base, home to U.S. Strategic Command and 10,000 military families, on the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission List. From Michael Goldfarb’s piece:

Offutt Air Force Base employs some 10,000 military and federal employees in Southeastern Nebraska. As our source put it, this is a “naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and the White House to extort Nelson’s vote.” They are “threatening to close a base vital to national security for what?” asked the Senate staffer.

Indeed, Offutt is the headquarters for US Strategic Command, the successor to Strategic Air Command, and not by accident. STRATCOM was located in the middle of the country for strategic reasons. Its closure would be a massive blow to the economy of the state of Nebraska, but it would also be another example of this administration playing politics with our national security.

This isn’t the same as playing to the economic dire straits in Landrieu’s Louisiana. This has gone from bribery to blackmail. It is outright dangerous, and downright treasonous. Already today, the White House provided aid and comfort to our enemies by revealing the plan to close the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and house nearly 100 foreign terrorists in northwestern Illinois for the sake of political expediency, now they’re playing games with American national security for the sake of forcing the passage of health care reform.

What gets lost in all of the left-right shuffle and the ongoing debate on the cable news networks is that the Democrats have the seats to pass anything they want. That they have not, that they have to resort to bribery and blackmail and–in the case of Sen. Joe Lieberman and his wife–the politics of personal destruction shows that this legislation is poisonous. And, as the pressure mounts, we’re seeing that this administration is all too happy to administer the dose.



  1. Anonymous says:

    LISTEN, LISTEN…..when in the coarse of human events…..

  2. Anonymous says:

    I see a VERY thirst tree of liberty.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Let's just wait till spring to cross the Delaware.

  4. Anonymous says:

    course, but love the reference

  5. William A. Rose says:

    Since this article is now old and buried under so many more recent articles, I doubt it will be seen by very many "regulars" of AR. Since you, Jeff, added your comment imploring us to not speak of insurrection anymore, it's been gnawing at me.

    There is a difference between Insurrection and Revolution. Of course, how the action is defined is utterly dependent upon who is looking at it.

    I'd never be on board with an insurrection. I would, however, be in the lead for a revolution should such a desperate last resort be required.

    As I said before, though, I don't think a revolution will matter anymore. America is too far gone. Too far away from God.

  6. Chuck in San Diego says:

    Mr. Rose,

    Not taking what you say lightly, I'm with you.

  7. Randy Wills says:

    Just so you know, William, some of us do go back and check all of the recent articles for new comments every day, so "buried" or not, I encourage all readers to make comments as they see fit.


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