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  • Why Leave Ourselves Vulnerable?

    Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

    Earlier this year Secretary of Defense Robert Gates released a defense budget request that cut missile defense by $1.4 billion. But that was before Iran launched a two-stage ballistic missile and North Korea detonated a nuclear device. These facts seem to have changed some thinking in Washington, including Secretary Gates’. The AP reports:

    Gates said the missile tests by North Korea over the past week appear to have attracted more support on Capitol Hill for missile interceptors.

    He said he’s requested nearly $1 billion in the 2010 fiscal budget to develop and maintain those missile interceptors. But the Pentagon’s spending plan halts a planned expansion of the missile defense system at Fort Greely.

    Gates called that “not a forever decision.”

    “And if capabilities in one of these rogue states should develop faster or in a more worrisome way than anybody anticipates right now, then I think the way is opened in the future to add to the number of silos and interceptors up here,” he said.

    Why should Americanshave to be surprised by rogue states before they get adequate missile defense funding? If it might make us vulnerable in the future, why make the first $1.4 billion cut at all?

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    7 Responses to Why Leave Ourselves Vulnerable?

    1. Barb -mn says:

      The American people would never leave this country vulnerable. Unfortunately the leader of this country continues to.

    2. Whicket Williams Kin says:

      We cannot spare a billion for defense? But we need an ADDITIONAL 18 billion for roads? on top of the Billions in obamalots stimulus which is nearly a trillion? ? am I the only person left that can think? or am I insane? Must be one or the other, because this is insanity to me.

    3. Artie, USA says:

      We need to put America and Americans first. Our politicians are not doing this.


    4. Thomas, Anchorage, A says:

      So Gates plans to watch and see what happens, and if a threat appears either more rapidly or with more potential effectiveness than we expected, only then will we expand our defenses?

      The timeless question: is his brain half full of water or half empty?

      Absolutely insane.

    5. Larry- The Republic says:

      Well..I thought that I made a fair and reasonable comment on this "Yellow Brick road" philosophy…aparently ANY mention of Miss Winfrey is taboo on this forum. Perhaps the authors' fear her billions will hurt the Heritage more than they hurt the Nation, by funding Obama's campaign!!

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    7. Richard, Utah says:

      I agree the Congress and Senate have ceased to represent the will of the people. The current president cannont balance a checkbook, and the co-signers of that bank account just keep on signing the debt checks. This is appalling to me.

      I would like to start a movement to get rid of every sitting congressman and senator and elect someone new. It may not work but would send a message.

      Part of this movement is to take all the laws on the books and ask where does the constitution provide the authority to the Federal Government to enact this law. If it cannont be proven Constitutionally the get rid of it. Do that for every law, give more power back to the states and get out of the car and banking industries.


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