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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -- Plato (429-347 BC)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Obama Says Defense Sequester His WH Created "Will Not Happen" . . .

. . . But He Has Done Nothing To Prevent It! Barack Obama attempted to denigrate Mitt Romney's opposition to defense cuts which have place placed America at risk. Obama said, "we have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changed." More on this later in the article.

Reuters writes today, “Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress expressed surprise and doubt on Tuesday about President Barack Obama’s comment in debate with Republican challenger Mitt Romney that the automatic spending cuts set for the new year ‘will not happen.’”

Obama said, “First of all, the sequester is not something I proposed, it’s something that Congress proposed. It will not happen.”

There are two major problems with this: first, the idea for sequestration featuring massive cuts to our military actually came from Obama’s White House. Second, the president has done nothing to prevent these cuts over the last year, and presented no plan to avoid them.

Last month, Politico reported, “The book ‘The Price of Politics,’ by Washington Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward, makes it clear the idea for the draconian spending cuts originated in the White House – and not in Congress. . . . Then-OMB Director Jack Lew, now the White House chief of staff, and White House Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors pitched the idea to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Woodward writes.” In the book, Woodward wrote, “Lew and Nabors went to the Senate to meet with Reid and his chief of staff, David Krone. ‘We have an idea for the trigger,’ Lew said. ‘What’s the idea?’ Reid asked skeptically. ‘Sequestration.’” Speaker Boehner even has a picture of this passage from the Woodward book on his website today.

But if President Obama has suddenly decided that he opposes the draconian defense cuts that were proposed by his White House, he’s made no move to stave them off. Politico asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for his reaction: “I was astonished, I almost fell out of my chair when the president said, ‘Don’t worry, sequestration won’t happen.’ We’ve been begging the president to sit down with us to avoid what his own secretary of defense said would be a devastating blow to our national security. He just said, ‘Don’t worry, sequestration won’t happen.’”

Reaction from the House was similar, according to Politico. “‘It is a nice line, but for more than a year the president hasn’t lifted a finger to avert the crisis,’ said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) ‘Instead, his policies and positions have increased uncertainty for our troops and the men and women who support them. The effects of sequestration can already be felt. Jobs have already been lost. The president and his party in the Senate have failed to offer even a single real solution that could resolve sequestration. If the president is determined that these cuts won’t happen, why has he drug it out this long?’”

As a spokesman for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters, “[W]e were all surprised by the President saying that the sequester ‘will not happen’ given that he still hasn’t presented a plan to make sure it ‘will not happen.’ While the Republican-led House has already taken action, Democrats in the Senate haven’t even passed a budget, and the President has presented no plan to prevent the defense cuts.”

Horses and bayonets:
As for horses,  they returned to the forefront of being used in the war in Afghanistan after not being used since 1942.  Commander-in Chief Obama once again appears oblivious.  Obama and his staff should have kept with their Huff Post subscription.  On the same date of the debate at 11:41 AM EST,  Huff Post ran the article: "Horse Soldier' Statue Near One World Trade Center Honors U.S. Troops Who Led Afghanistan Invasion." 

The statue was first dedicated by Vice President Joe Biden on Veteran's Day.  Snark: Maybe Obama skip golf that day and visited the Tomb of the Unknown Solder.   Which brings us to the topic  to bayonets which the military use as an attachment for their rifles. Some photos below which belie Obama's understanding of the military:

Moe Lane, Red State:  "Not the equipment used here.
I mention this because I know the President’s been there at least once;
apparently, Obama simply didn’t give a tinker’s dam."

Damn: What is that "pointy thing" on that "should I say it" - weapon?
Checkout this video of the Marines' Week 3: Bayonet Assault Course

What are those four legged creatures carrying our military?

Dishonoring the Military:
Obama continues to stumble over his responsibility as Commander in Chief.  Honorable commanders do not steal the valor of the military men serving under them.  It is bad enough that you can send a military person in harms way, but to take credit for their efforts in unfathomable except for maybe a politician.  Commanders should honor their service, acts of bravery,   and the death.  And, much more which is not being shared here.

Mr. President, you should not be claiming credit for "killing anyone" unless you strap on the weapon and go to the battlefield and do it yourself.  And then the world can consider if the event was murder or justified as with combat troops. If as president, you continue to go down that road claiming to be responsible for killing one man,   then you are also responsible for "killing" a  multitudes of men, women and children in other countries and for the deaths of our armed forces.   Stealing valor is serious and often an act of desperation  and / or an effort to be what one is not.

And after four years, Mr. President you should know that you do not "greet" the caskets of our fallen comrades.  You "meet" them and show respect to the fallen and to the families and to their comrades their to meet and to care for their comrades remains and family.  And you don't get credit for doing this responsible duty; you only get discredit when you do not do it.   It is time to stop playing a child's game of taking credit for something which you did not do and cannot do! However, it is time for you to take credit for the failures of your administration because you did appoint those people and did "build that" team!

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