Thursday, February 25, 2010
The question has been asked: Are President Obama's policies putting America in harm's way? According to the United States Constitution, one of the federal government's most important roles is to "provide for the common defense." I believe that President Obama and the liberal congressional leadership are failing to provide proper defense for our nation. President Obama and the leaders in Congress are apparently not taking the threats of our enemies seriously. They were apparently not listening when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad led his fanatics in chanting "Death to America." Maybe they didn't think he was serious when he swore, "The wave of the Islamist revolution will soon reach the entire world." I, for one, believe that America should be listening to our enemies - the leaders of rogue states and the stateless terrorists they are arming - when they threaten us and our allies. President Obama has said that he will not fund an anti-missile system capable of defending us against long-range missile attacks - even though it would cost just two percent of the annual defense budget. He said this in spite of a present and growing danger as indicated by the following knowledge: 1) The proliferation of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles to rogue states poses a grave danger to the lives of all Americans; 2) The anti-American president of Venezuela is buying ballistic missiles from the Russians; 3) North Korea is currently developing a long-range missile that could soon carry a nuclear warhead all the way to Alaska or California; 4) Iran already has missiles that can reach Europe and could soon acquire nuclear weapons; 5) These countries could share their potentially devastating technologies with terrorists, who would in turn be able to directly threaten American cities. According to experts, it takes just 33 minutes for a nuclear missile to reach America from anywhere in the world. Here are some comments from some of those experts. "The threat of a ballistic missile attack is real" (Robert Joseph, Undersecretary of State, 2005-2007). "I'm standing in front of Ground Zero. Imagine if, instead of planes, this had been a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile" (Dr. James Jay Carafano, Deputy Direction, The Heritage Foundation's Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies). "We've gotten beyond being able to `hit a bullet with a bullet.' We now are able to hit a spot on a bullet with a bullet" (Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III (USAF, Ret., Former director, Missile Defense Agency, Office of the Secretary of Defense). Top military commanders and experts from Heritage Foundation testify before Congress that the threat of nuclear missile attack is real, growing, and even more dangerous now than during the Cold War. Right now terrorist groups that have sworn to destroy us may already have missiles with sufficient range to strike America from ships off our coasts. America is vulnerable to missiles carrying nuclear, biological, chemical, or conventional weapons - even though missile-destroying technology works reliably and is available. Life in the United States will never be the same if Washington liberals continue to leave this gaping hole in our national defense and our enemies fire a missile through it. The information for this post came in a briefing from The Heritage Foundation, which has developed "an eye-opening, myth-busting" documentary, 33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age. A trailer for the documentary can be seen. here.