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  • America Safer Under Obama? Not a Chance.

    Yesterday at the Pentagon, President Obama offered up his revisionist view of the past three years of history in order to make the claim that the world is, thanks to him, a safer place, thereby justifying draconian cuts to the U.S. military. The trouble is, the vision he offers is full of holes.

    From the President’s speech, in which he declared victory over our enemies and paved the way for a world where U.S. military might is no longer necessary:

    In short, we’ve succeeded in defending our nation, taking the fight to our enemies, reducing the number of Americans in harm’s way, and we’ve restored America’s global leadership.  That makes us safer and it makes us stronger.  And that’s an achievement that every American — especially those Americans who are proud to wear the uniform of the United States Armed Forces — should take great pride in.

    This success has brought our nation, once more, to a moment of transition.  Even as our troops continue to fight in Afghanistan, the tide of war is receding.  Even as our forces prevail in today’s missions, we have the opportunity — and the responsibility — to look ahead to the force that we are going to need in the future.

    So what does President Obama say “we are going to need in the future”? Well, he starts with a military that has one half trillion dollars in reduced funding, and then he works his way downward from there. In an op-ed in the New York Post, Heritage’s James Carafano explains why the President’s claims about his “successes” are laughable and why the United States is not in any kind of position to be slashing the military.

    On the President’s claims regarding Iraq, Carafano writes:

    Thanks to the imprudent total withdrawal of US forces, the fragile coalition trying to hold that country together may now fall apart — squandering a decade of effort to make the Middle East less of a threat to US interests.

    On the President’s claims on pulling out of Afghanistan, Carafano writes:

    [T]he coming US pullout from Afghanistan is rapidly looking like a replay of the Paris Peace Talks — the negotiations that set the stage for the collapse of South Vietnam. Apparently, all the president wants is for there to be enough of an interval after we leave that he’ll be able to argue that the next collapse into an orgy of violence and terrorism wasn’t his fault.

    On the President’s claims regarding Osama bin Laden, Carafano writes:

    He also trotted out the killing of Osama bin Laden — who even before Obama took office had been reduced to al Qaeda’s propagandist-in-chief. Are we to believe that half-a-trillion in defense dollars went to getting al Qaeda’s chief speechwriter?

    What didn’t the President mention in his Smaller Military Victory Speech? Carafano points to Iran’s accelerating pursuit of a nuclear weapon and its threats to cut off a quarter of the world’s oil supply, North Korea’s new 28-year-old leader whose finger rests on a nuclear trigger, and the growing dominance of China as a regional power.

    In short, though the President may succeed in bending the military’s budget to his will, he can’t do the same when it comes to global threats that aren’t so willing to accede to his wishes. As Carafano writes, “The President declares this move to be the ultimate expression of “smart” power. Hmm: Smart, strategy and stupid all begin with “S”; looks like the White House confused one word for the other.”

    Read more of Carafano’s Gutting defense — O’s lame claims that we’re safer at NYPost.com.

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    5 Responses to America Safer Under Obama? Not a Chance.

    1. steve h says:

      Really? How many Americans have died from terrorist attacks since Obama took over? Compare that to number of Al Queda members who have died, including Bin Laden and other leadership? Seems to me his crew is doing a pretty damn good job of keeping us safe – certainly a lot safer than under the previous president.

      It's great we have a president that will reach out and attempt to create dialogue instead of just hock and awe and hold up mission accomplished banners. You guys at Heritage are losing it.

      • Alessandro G says:

        Before you go on talking about how wonderful this man has done, take a look at who was really responsible for the 9/11 attacks. Bill Clinton did the same kind of military slashing that Obama is doing and that caused us to not have the resources to properly defend our nation. As far as your open dialogue comment, how are you supposed to have an "open dialogue" with a country that has repeatedly said that Israel should be eradicated from the face of the earth? A country that beheads Americans, video tapes it, and then drags their bodies around the streets. You go ahead and try your open dialogue all you want. And Obama was totally responsible for gathering ALL the intel that was used to catch the high ranking Al Qaeda members. You do remember him saying he wanted to shut down Gitmo right? Where do you think we obtained the info on the "courier?" You need to get your facts straight before making statements like that.

    2. Ty D says:

      How can you say we're safer than under Bush? There have been several terrorist attempts under Obama like the underwear bomber and the attack at Ft. Hood, or have you forgotten about those already? Obama prematurely pulls out of Iraq and then tells the terrorists when we plan to pull out of Afghanistan. Obama is a terrible leader who has done nothing but apologize for America and let's not even get started on the massive spending. Wake up.

    3. Anti-Steve says:

      Wow. Both stupid and Steve begin with"S". Heritage hit the "propanda nail" right on the head. Go live at Disneyland Steve – the only place on earth where dreams do come true.

    4. Bobbie says:

      what do you think can happen when you have a president of dignity who follows jurisprudence with respects to protocol, unfortunately forced to deal with the non compliance of democrat derelicts with an agenda of their own refusing necessary discrimination in the name of "hurt feelings," while neglecting the enforcement of background checks and procedures. what a terrible disgrace to the good of humanity democrats have become. the low standards you accept are intimidated by standards of principle, once common and respected in America's elected offices!

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