Exclusive: Tough Talk Contradicts Wimpy Action
by JAMES JAY CARAFANO, PHD, PRESIDENTIAL POLICY: DOES IT MAKE THE GRADE?
July 28, 2009
Likewise, the administration’s cuts to missile defense programs sends the wrong signals as well. Sen. Mark Begich (D, Alaska) spoke at the Heritage Foundation last week. Begich sits on the Senate Armed Services committee and talked about the cuts. He also noted that the Obama budget had gone through completely unchanged we would have actually gone backwards losing seven operational interceptors in Alaska. That’s because seven of the silos that launch the missiles need to be replaced and the president’s budget included no money to do the work. He also pointed out that North Korea has tested 17 ballistic missiles since Obama announced the cuts to missile defenses – and they tested a nuclear weapon. It is hard believe the North Koreans have not noted that no matter how aggressive they get, we continue to cut our strategic defenses. Perhaps that’s why they felt there was no price to pay for insulting Secretary Clinton for her recent “tough talk” statements.
With words and deeds out of synch it seems the administration still lacks a clear and consistent voice on national security matters. Sorry White House, your grades aren’t getting any better.