Austerity. The media keeps using that word. We do not think it means what they think it means. Or rather, the word appears to have lost all meaning; it means whatever they want it to mean.
Last week, the Washington Post reported that President Obama’s budget request for 2015 “will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency.” Instead, he will focus on “pumping new cash into [programs supported by liberals],” while abandoning his symbolic nod toward reforming the entitlement programs that threaten to bankrupt the country.
In other news, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday announced the Obama administration’s plans to slash the Army to its smallest size since 1940, a famously good year for the economic and geopolitical affairs. The move is perfectly in keeping with the administration’s sophisticated foreign policy strategy of thinking about what George W. Bush would do, and then doing the opposite of that. According to the New York Times, the proposal “takes into account the fiscal reality of government austerity.”
Major U.S. cities lack the capabilities and know-how to effectively deal with the fallout from a large-scale nuclear and radiological attack by terrorists, according to the government’s top watchdog group.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) slammed her GOP colleagues who helped pass the automatic sequestration cuts to the defense budget and warned that they put the U.S. military at risk of “diminished capacity” during a speech on grand strategy at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday.
Marine Corps Commandant James Amos expressed concerns Wednesday about the effect of budget cuts on the U.S. military’s preparedness for another major conflict in an increasingly dangerous world.
Russian strategic bombers conducted flights within the U.S. defense zone close to northern Alaska and the Aleutian Islands last week in Moscow’s latest incident of nuclear saber rattling against the United States, according to defense and military officials.
A group of Republican senators is demanding to know why the White House continues to leak to the press highly classified information that “stands in direct contradiction to the information briefed to congressional oversight committees,” according to a letter sent Friday to President Barack Obama.
In a sharp dissent from President Obama’s oft-repeated promise that “all options are on the table” when it comes to stopping Iran’s nuclear program, former secretary of defense Robert Gates said yesterday that the United States and Israel are powerless to stop the Iranian nuclear program by force and that military strikes would “prove catastrophic.”
A new United Nations nuclear watchdog report on Iran’s nuclear program reveals Tehran is moving ahead with illicit uranium enrichment work, undermining Obama administration claims that sanctions will slow the program.
China’s military carried out a fourth flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile last week, firing off a new road-mobile ICBM on Thursday, according to U.S. officials.
U.S. intelligence agencies recently reported growing concerns that Israel will conduct a strike on Iran using a high-altitude nuclear burst aimed at disrupting all electronics in the country.