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Video: Barack Obama’s Scary National Defense Policy

February 24, 2008

  Here is a video I found of Barack Obama and I had to share it. Obama shares his military plan in this video and it is downright scary. He talks about cutting investments in missile defense systems, and most disturbing to me, talks about slowing the development of future combat systems. He also shares his view that is frightening in it’s naivety of a goal of a world without nuclear weapons.

 This sounds too much like a return to Bill Clinton’s policy of de-prioritizing the military, and military spending in order to spend more money on social, and welfare programs for the lazy that led to September 11th.

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  1. jackofspades83 permalink
    February 24, 2008 9:15 pm

    Doesn’t sound so crazy to me. Last time I checked our military spending was by far and away the highest in the world. In fact, its more than the next 8 nations combined. You want someone to blame for 9/11, huh? Blame Clinton, Bush I and II, the FBI, and the CIA. What caused 9/11 wasn’t a lack of military might, it was a failure of our domestic security agencies.

    It wasn’t a cruise missile that brought down the twin towers, it was a bunch of nutballs with BOX CUTTERS. No amount of military spending is going to stop that. Sending soldiers to die in third world hell holes won’t either. Maybe if we brought our boys back home to defend it, instead of sending them off to kill people for wealthy plutocrats, the world wouldn’t want to kill themselves to kill us.

    • March 6, 2010 8:06 pm

      well jack,100 people on plane 4 hijackers lets just say,if you honestly believe that as americans we would let them take us out like that then you are just plane silly,us americans will riot for the last playstation at walmart,is goes way deeper than that.info wars .com

  2. Enkaybee permalink
    February 24, 2008 9:20 pm

    I agree with Jack. Granted, he’ll probably have very little luck with any of this, but it’s certainly something to strive for. Imagine all those hundreds of billions of dollars going to a higher cause.

  3. Nickolas permalink
    February 24, 2008 10:02 pm

    Yes, heaven forbid we don’t throw billions of dollars into our military year after year after year after year after year. If we could spend a fraction of that money on education, this country would be better off in just one generation. Or, spend it on healthcare. Or, spend it on literacy. Or, spend it on building back our reputation as a compassionate country.

    Or, don’t spend the money at all and start repaying the money that GB2 has so unwisely spent.

  4. February 24, 2008 10:16 pm

    Three comments and naturally not one has a link back to their blogs. Hit and run.
    You people may have an ideological view of the world that is all hearts and flowers, but it isn’t real. The truth is that countries need a strong military presence if they want to insure peace. Without a defense system you won’t have to worry about enemies because you won’t have a country. I am sorry if this flies in the face of your lollypops and candy naive view of the world, but it is reality.
    As far as spending the money on education, public education has led to your unrealistic view of the world.

  5. jackofspades83 permalink
    February 24, 2008 10:41 pm

    What are you talking about? I never said the world is nice place, nor did I denounce the need for a military. However, we have a VERY strong military. More than powerful enough to defend our country many times over. Spending money alone will not make our country safe. Wise allocation of military funding is more important than simply spending will-nilly.

    We don’t need yet another nuclear missile submarine, when we have enough nukes to turn the world into a bloody cinder. Our enemies aren’t attacking us with stealth fighters, they’re using improvised explosives and hiding in caves. Even China, the most powerful of our rivals, aren’t suicidal, and certainly won’t risk nuclear annihilation.

    Strength must be brought with compassion, not used out of fear.

    PS – Do you REALLY want me to advertise on your site? Didn’t think so…

  6. February 25, 2008 4:07 pm

    Nicklaus and the rest:

    “spend a fraction of that money on education” – Illegal, see 10th Amendment of the Constitution

    “Or, spend it on healthcare.” – Illegal, see 10th Amendment of the Constitution

    “Or, spend it on literacy.” – Illegal, see 10th Amendment of the Constitution

    “Or, spend it on building back our reputation as a compassionate country.” – In foreign aid? – Illegal, see 10th Amendment of the Constitution and the portions of the Constitution dealing with the duties of Congress.

    “Or, don’t spend the money at all and start repaying the money that GB2 has so unwisely spent.” – Moot point, already spent. Need to sustain the military just debatable as to if they are overextended or not.

    Tech development on the military is necessary in what is an ever increasing “tech war”. As for spending more than the next 8 countries, please specify those 8 countries and how they compare to the geographic and all other factors of the USA. If you want to say we have too many bases in too many countries, okay that is a possible point. Otherwise, compare apples to apples. But hit & run posts usually do not reply.

    China doesn’t need to defeat us in a military battle. All they need to do is call in all of the debts we owe and foreclose the USA. They would never attack their biggest cash cow.

  7. jackofspades83 permalink
    February 25, 2008 7:03 pm

    The judiciary decides what is constitutionally legal, and so far the 10th amendment hasn’t been interpreted that way. So you’re essentially wrong. Also, I don’t see that many people perturbed about the government spending tax dollars on other things than bombs, so don’t expect that to get overturned by the populous.

    Next, those 8 countries are, in order, China, Russia, France, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Italy, and South Korea. Most of whom are close allies, unless you guys get your way. Look, the military is important, but I expect more of my country than it’s ability to harm others. Your paranoia and fear is causing you to see enemies and threats were they don’t exist. Try focusing on our real security problems rather than making them by being international dickbags.

    However, you lads seem impervious to reason. Also, I can’t see how I’m “hitting and running” after responding two times, but as I said, reason isn’t your strong suit.

  8. February 25, 2008 7:54 pm

    Jack, you aren’t hitting and running. Most of the people that come here and disagree do just hit and run. I have responded to them, but they never come back to debate. It gets frustrating, and when I had three quick responses I just assumed none would be back. As you can see, the other two haven’t been back to respond.
    The part of the video I posted that really is scary to me is when Obama says he would slow the development of future weapons. No matter how many weapons we have and what capabilities we currently have, if we do not invest in future weapons and technologies we risk falling behind other countries who keep investing in future weapons.
    If we fall far enough behind, quantity won’t matter.

    • Lola permalink
      October 6, 2009 6:56 pm

      Reading your comment, I believe you are a scary person.

  9. Johnny Appleseed permalink
    February 25, 2008 11:44 pm

    There is no higher morality than to defend the life and liberty of a free nation.

    There is no worse immorality than the failure to do so.

  10. February 26, 2008 2:14 am

    I can see Obama doing the same thing as Clinton and declare a “Peace Dividend” which was nothing more than a way to raid the defense budget stealing funds for more vote buying social programs. The whole world is rainbows and lollipops to these bleeding hearts. We might as well just get ready for the Democrats to rename our country The Peoples Republik of Amerika.

  11. February 26, 2008 9:11 am

    Amendment X

    The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

    The Tenth Amendment is one of the simplest worded Amendment in the Bill of Rights. It is also one of the most ignored. The Judiciary can only rule if something is challenged. Congress and the Presidents of late wouldn’t do anything to downgrade their own power constitutionally provided or not. As for the populace not being upset, most are apathetic. But come 2027 when the math shows we’ll be in a financial hole so deep because of spending on things prohibited by the Constitution, people may start waking up when the tough choices have to be made.

    As for those 8 countries, you really need to look at the bigger picture. The USA controls about half of the money in the world, so logically we would spend more than others because we have more. We have more resources and security agreements with other countries that cause us to spend more.

    China – They are gaining monetarily but there are no threats to them that trigger a need for massive military costs. They are the big dog in their area.

    Russia – Recovering from economic collapse. Gee, wonder why they do not have a lot to spend.

    France, UK, Germany, Italy – part of NATO and the EU. Why would they need to have a major military expenditure? Heck, we’ve got one of our largest bases in Germany. Monetary issues – The EU was formed partially to be big enough to challenge the USA on financial matters. Individually, the US has them dwarfed.

    South Korea – Gee, we have a base there. Their country is small, population is small so it would make sense their expenditures are small.

    Lastly, Japan who is bound by treaties ending World War II from creating an aggressive military structure. We also have a base there as part of the defense agreement.

    We have more money, more resources, more commitments so those comparisons are weak. Focusing on just the immediate challenges is also foolish. Big picture please.

    But when broad sweeping judgment statements such as “you lads are impervious to reason” are used it is a good indicator conversation is impossible. Translated that means I’m right, you’re wrong I’ll insult you until you agree with me. Nothing gets done that way.

  12. Curtis permalink
    February 29, 2008 3:06 pm

    amen Gary I couldn’t agree with you more

  13. March 3, 2008 2:19 am

    RE: Video: Barack Obama’s Scary National Defense Policy

    One of the most frightening videos I have seen. Can you drop me an e-mail if you happen to know where and when this speech was given?

    A fellow conservative blogger.

    My website is at :
    http://home.comcast.net/~jackott2/Redstate.htm

  14. March 3, 2008 9:17 pm

    I’m sorry but I don’t know where or when this speech was given. It is one of the scariest things I have ever heard a presidential candidate say though.

  15. March 31, 2008 7:58 pm

    Gutting defense spending during a time of war will not lead to peace; it will lead to defeat.

    Missile defense is not agressive nor does it make agressive war safe because no defense system is perfect. What it does is save perhaps millions of innocent lives and reduce the chance of being successfully blackmailed or taken out by a preemptive strike.

    When you compare the cost of missile defense against the cost of property destruction, economic ruin and the value of lives lost by even a limited nuclear strike by a minor nuclear power, the cost to benefit should be fantastically positve unless the system does not work even moderately well. So far, progress on the various components of a layered missile defense seem to be suggesting that a relatively effective missile defense system is not only possible but may not be that far away.

  16. Bigred permalink
    April 3, 2008 6:16 pm

    To be honest one of the main reasons our military budget is so large is largely to do with the level of our technology as well. Look at it this way. We do not have the largest Army in the world. An army is fairly cheap to equip and maintain by other countries standards, but they don’t care about quality as much as we do. We do however have the largest and most advance Navy and Air Force. In fact we are the only countries that have super carriers, of which we have 11 with more being built and that doesn’t include our fleet of amphibious assault ships which are also technically classified as carriers which carry just jump jets and helicopters. We are the only country with stealth technology on our planes, which come at a pretty penny. We have the most advanced technology when it comes to the military and a lot of these current huge costs come from this war that is going on. Yes it is a drain on our budget but until it does end, equipment must be replaced, roads and schools rebuilt, soldiers paid, bonuses to both get them to join and keep them in. People forget that R&D is incredilby expensive as well because it has some much stuff that doesn’t make it outside of the lab and involves so much trial and error. I’m not saying that this war is necessarily good by any means in even some good things come out of bad things you just have to look for it. Necessity is the mother or invention and war has a tendency to bring that upon us. Look at all of the emerging technologies that have been developed during this conflict that might not benefit us yet but will in time to come. Many things would not exist today had it not been for war necessitating the need for it including the internet which the world so clearly runs on today.

  17. georgianne permalink
    April 11, 2008 1:31 pm

    I can’t get the video to open on your website, argh it’s so aggravating! Is there anywhere else I can go to get it? Thanks.

  18. April 11, 2008 8:52 pm

    The video still works for me, but you can try searching you tube. That is where the video came from.

  19. undecided permalink
    May 12, 2008 7:14 pm

    Thanks for posting this – it gives me a solid reason to vote *for* Obama.

    I am all for a strong military, but Eisenhower was wise to warn us against the military industrial complex. Our current military is much more then sufficient to defend us against the combined forces of the rest of the world. It could take some deep cuts and still be more than sufficient against the absurd possibility that China and Nato find some common cause to attack the United States.

    At some point we lost track of the idea of creating a military that is appropraite to some real world scenario, and instead retreated into the simplistic view that when it comes to military spending, more is always better.

    Btw, I am a former United States Army officer.

  20. May 13, 2008 12:03 am

    Thank you for your service.

  21. May 14, 2008 2:49 pm

    You said, “He talks about cutting investments in missile defense systems”. He said, “I will cut investments in UNPROVEN missle defense systems.” Please represent a person’s statement accurately.

    Having been an executive in the “industrial defense complex” for many years, I state unequivocally that profit (guaranteed by cost plus fixed fee, or CPFF, defense contracts), even if earned through unnecessary and unproven systems, trumps need and patriotism in industry.

  22. May 14, 2008 8:12 pm

    Unproven is the adjective that describes the noun. I interpret his statement as meaning all missle defense systems are unproven. So in my opinion what I wrote and what Obama said are the same thing.

  23. treshaun permalink
    June 13, 2008 11:04 pm

    exactly cept some things r coming out. His wife Michelle is an America hata and has a grudge against usa-a chip on her soldier even though she attained GREAT success and went to best colleges. Also-REv. Wrights views are like Louie’s ANTI USA ANTI WHITE. Obamma be lying his ass off saying the didn’t know even though he went to that church for 20 years BALONEY. Inside Obamma be like Rev. Wright hating usa cept he disguised it so he not be like Al Sharpton of Jesse so he can fool white folks

  24. June 21, 2008 12:48 am

    The money we are spending right now for our war and military is around 4% from the total revenue. During WWII was around 20%. So, yes, we spend more money in dollar value, but MUCH less from the total $$ the government plays with.

  25. June 21, 2008 12:53 am

    More money doesn’t mean better education. America is the country that spends the most $$ per student (around $8,000) in the whole world, and when our students have to compete with others from different countries, our best and brightest are at the bottom of the list.

    More money doesn’t mean better education, it means fatter theacher pockets and better pension plans. Not one penny goes for children.

  26. June 21, 2008 12:55 am

    I propose we dust off our nukes and finish the war before GWB is out of office.

  27. June 26, 2008 1:44 pm

    Hi!
    I think making love not war is the better way. In this case money is discussion.
    Regards, Erik

    —————————————————-
    la vie est belle :-)

  28. masonos permalink
    July 9, 2008 12:16 pm

    I have a though… Maybe since he seems to be part of a terrorist cell, and hates our country, blatenly promotes ideas that destroyed every country that tried them(communist, socialist), and keeps ignoring our flag THIS GUY IS NOT A GOOD CANDIDATE!! is he all the democratic(modern communist) party has to offer

  29. Mark permalink
    July 11, 2008 12:02 am

    Jack listen to the speeches and addresses that Ronald Reagan gave on the subject. He knew a hell of a lot more about national defense and the nature of the threats of this world then Bill Clinton or Obama will ever know. Why do you think all are enemies endorse Obama for President? They all know we will be much weaker and vulnerable for it!!

    Respectfully,

    Mark

  30. July 17, 2008 8:08 am

    yo dont be hatin on obamz he da man he kno wat he talkin bout. we dont need no mor money on the militarz cuz we spend so much we need dat moneyz for some real shit y akno like sstuff that helps da ppl and for fixin up road sor health care we aint gonna get attack incase u didnt notice iraq or iran or any of dem aint gonna attacj us even wit da new missle cuz they scared shitless of our defense cuz tey kino that we cna blow em away in a second n der is no way dey could take the entire us so we would esaily kill them it wud be m.a.d. and icase any of u dotn kno wat mad is its mutaally asured descrution and dat means every1 be dead barak aint takin away the system he just lowerin it and spendin less cash we still as powerful and just as strong so der is no point in puttin more money into it, and da otha counties kno not to fuk wit us becuz dey kno dat we can retaliate n kill em fast becuz we arent takin away the security just lowerin it maybe u should listen to the speech a little better becuz he never says that he taken way just not spending mony u guys r some dumb idits 2 think that we r leavin the us complete open becuz ther eis no way in hell we r we r just spoendin money else were pay attention dont be so stupid pz

  31. Nate permalink
    July 27, 2008 2:04 am

    Ever play RTS? Not every1 likes the U.S. If we cut down in defenses it will get us in the end. Better to be safe than sorry. Do you people honestly think that by cutting down on defenses the world will say hey America you are ok now. I think just the opposite… invasion. There are many leaders in the world who would most likely want to attack the U.S. and if this policy ever went through then God help us all. This sounds dumb but play empire earth. When some1 wants something and its just sitting there in the open why not take it?

  32. Nate permalink
    July 27, 2008 2:11 am

    last thought… not every1 gets along, world peace is a crazy idea. Come back to reality… a bold move like this may make things great for a short amount of time, but we are sacrificing are country.

    Also, I didn’t ask for war in Iraq, but it started and it can’t be changed. It is hurting us, but we cannot back out half way in. This will also cause problems for us in the long run. Support our troops you say? Then you say get them out of there. We have military for a reason. We may not agree with war but we must respect our soldiers. If we pull them out then the ones lost died in vain. Anyone who joins the military knows the risks, they know what they are getting into. They were not forced to join, but once in that is their job, their duty.

  33. Mr Eagle :P permalink
    August 1, 2008 2:28 pm

    HAHAHA, does this not prove that Obama is terrible for the top job!? He makes Bush look like an Oxford lecturer!

    Two big problems:

    1. If we get rid of our ICBMs, then other countries will not hesitate to -nuke- us. The whole point of -nukes- is to prevent being -nuked- by having the -nukers- scared of retaliation.

    2. In a world without nukes we have world wars over and over again forever; until a one world government is established by the law of probability. The only reason we don’t have major wars in the modern age is entirely due to nuclear weapons; and nothing to do with the UN, whatsoever.

  34. mudrooster permalink
    September 6, 2008 9:32 am

    jackofspades wrote: Spending money alone will not make our country safe. Wise allocation of military funding is more important than simply spending will-nilly.

    mudrooster: exactly jackofspades, unfortunately our war in iraq was a complete misuse of our military and half a trillion of tax payer dollars just so gwbush could settle a family dispute with sadaam. time for change and john mcsame is bush3. vote for peace and prosperity, vote for barack obama.

  35. McCain 4 prez permalink
    September 30, 2008 9:46 am

    I think that ws on the borderline of crazy, This is a sure sign that mccain is right 4 us

  36. Pres Ilog permalink
    October 13, 2008 12:36 am

    Whoever you are who responded to my comments just a minute ago and told me I am a liar, you’re blind and ignorant of national security at best. You’re a conspirator to the destruction of the country.

  37. October 15, 2008 10:29 pm

    U kno people f off! I am a dependent to a soldier and im not willing to give up the hard earned rights my military man got for us as a soldier! I am not going to fucking pay taxes for a punch of crack whores and stoners’ health care when it gets to be as good as the federal workers!

  38. November 25, 2008 1:10 am

    jack of spades really just made his opponent’s point. He’s arguing against our having such a large military. He says we have too big of one.

    ” Even China, the most powerful of our rivals, aren’t suicidal, and certainly won’t risk nuclear annihilation.”

    you just proved militarists’ point. Peace through strength. With a rediculously large and powerful military, you dont need it. Nobody is dumb enough to fight you. Its almost paradoxal, but the larger the military you have, the less you need it.

    Drop our immense capabilities, and we become voulnerable. Suddenly you wish for anything you had just one nuclear submarine to scare the enemy with.

  39. Jim permalink
    January 23, 2009 12:04 pm

    OBAMA=One Big A.. Mistake America

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