My husband used to design electrical systems for F-16s and F-22s. A lot of this first-hand knowledge of all things defense came when he saw the wake of the last Democratic administration. Basically, people all around him lost their jobs. As a result, he’s since moved away from that type of work, but he still keeps tabs on those planes he used to have a stake in developing. One in particular is the F-22 Raptor.
The other day, he sent me an article about the Raptor and how it’s on a sort of endangered species list for fighter jets. The new administration hasn’t decided whether or not it will allow the plane to live or die. The jury’s still out. However, Obama has been noted as saying something along the lines of ‘you don’t need those types of weapons in a Cold War.’ Perhaps he’s right. I’m not an expert. But, I don’t think he is, either. And, what with all the spending on things like swine odors and the like, I don’t think there’s going to be room for things like defense and strong national security measures in the spenddiddlydimulus.
It’s the beginning of many slashes in defense, I’m sure. Even people who don’t pay much attention to politics know that when Democrats get into office, they cut defense spending. I mean, why on earth would you want to keep making fighter jets and stuff when you just KNOW that everyone is going to love everyone else, hold hands, skip with glee, and sing songs about peace and love and change? I don’t know about you, but I think that Kim Jong-Il must’ve had a pretty colorful background in show choir and he was surely the star of the stage version of Peter Pan. Oh, yes.
The American Thinker penned a nice little summary on what Obama pledges to do when he cuts defense spending, including “reducing the National Missile Defense program to a basic research program; cutting spending on platforms like the F-22 Raptor, the Virginia-class Submarine, the V-22 Osprey airplane/helicopter hybrid, the DDG-1000 destroyer, and the Army’s Future Combat System. Also advocating reduction of America’s force structure by eliminating two Air Force fighter wings and one aircraft carrier battle group.”
Obama has always proposed to take those SAVINGS (savings, REALLY?) and put them into something useful. Like figuring out why pigs smell. This makes me feel safe. Yep.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m one of those optimistic, Buddhist-curious type people deep down in my soul. I’ve seen the Dalai Lama in person, and I just adore the man and want to put him in my pocket. I think his teachings on compassion are dead-on, too. I believe in love and all that stuff that genetically-engineered girlie girls do. But I’m also a realist. And, I know that there are people out there who do not like us. Some really freakin’ HATE us and would like to see us perish in a ball of torturing hell fire. It’s interesting to me how we just forget that when we’re in our warm homes with all of our creature comforts – especially when we haven’t been smacked in the head by terrorism here on our soil for a few years. I’m just sayin.
Getting troops out of Iraq and moving them to Afghanistan where they’re really needed? I can get behind that idea. Great. Cutting defense spending drastically and making us a weak little pantywaist of a country that’s just begging to be beat up by the bullies that hate us – and then spending those, um, savings on little pet projects scattered throughout the buffet of the Democratic agenda? I’m just not so sure about that…
I don’t know, though. That puppy sure is surly.