Exclusive: Tough Talk Contradicts Wimpy Action

Last week was the week of good words. Secretary of State Clinton dished out tough talk to Iran and North Korea on her Asia trip. She managed to rile the North Koreans so badly that their diplomats adopted some very undiplomatic language calling her “vulgar and unintelligent.” The secretary also had a successful trip to India. That was important, noted Heritage South Asia expert Lisa Curtis because Clinton needed “to demonstrate that the Obama Administration has a strategic vision for U.S. relations with India. This vision must acknowledge New Delhi's growing global economic, political, and geo-strategic clout.” The Vice President was also out and about visiting both the Ukraine and Georgia and sending the Russians a message that the U.S. would not recognize a “Russian sphere of influence” over the two countries. Finally the President received a visit from Iraqi President Maliki and expressed continued U.S. support for the country. These were all strong and positive statements.
On the other hand, administration actions here at home seemed to contradict that resolve. Obama crowed over the Senate rejecting additional funding for the F-22 fighter aircraft, the kind of combat plane that gives the Chinese, North Koreans and Iranian military leaders fits because they have no way to counter it. With the F-22 the enemy skies are “open,” without it – who knows? Capping the buy to force trims in the defense budget undermines U.S. security in the long-term and only encourages both countries to act more aggressively, concludes Heritage’s chief analyst Mackenzie Eaglen
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.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., is a leading expert in defense affaires, intelligence, military operations and strategy, and homeland security at the Heritage Foundation. Feedback: editorialdirector@familysecuritymatters.org.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Veterans protesting at Trump Tower reportedly had Clinton campaign's help organizing

May 24, 2016  09:00 PM

Those veterans who said they put together their protest at Trump Tower via social media had "some logistical support" from the Clinton campaign.

The post Veterans protesting at Trump Tower reportedly had Clinton campaign’s help organizing appeared first on twitchy.com.

'That's disappointing': Rick Santorum endorses Donald Trump 'to preserve the Constitution'

May 24, 2016  07:40 PM

"Anyone seen the trashcan with Rick Santorum's principles in it?"

The post ‘That’s disappointing’: Rick Santorum endorses Donald Trump ‘to preserve the Constitution’ appeared first on twitchy.com.

VA Sec. McDonald: 'I deeply regret' that veterans were offended by my offensive remarks

May 24, 2016  05:59 PM

"Good. Now resign, and then go wait in line at Disney World."

The post VA Sec. McDonald: ‘I deeply regret’ that veterans were offended by my offensive remarks appeared first on twitchy.com.

After VA secretary dares to compare wait times, Disney notes: 'This company was founded by veterans'

May 24, 2016  05:55 PM

Disney countered Defense Secretary Robert McDonald's wait time analogy by noting that the veteran-founded company takes wait times very seriously.

The post After VA secretary dares to compare wait times, Disney notes: ‘This company was founded by veterans’ appeared first on twitchy.com.

'How noble of him': Donald Trump WANTED to keep 'self-funding' but this got in the way. SAD!

May 24, 2016  05:28 PM

"This flipping guy."

The post ‘How noble of him’: Donald Trump WANTED to keep ‘self-funding’ but this got in the way. SAD! appeared first on twitchy.com.

FSM Archives

10 year FSM Anniversary