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Rush’s Morning Update: Think!
April 8, 2009

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While the Obama administration sinks trillions of new dollars into social welfare programs that have a track record of failure, there are moves afoot to cut defense spending.

Among the cuts Defense Secretary Robert Gates is proposing isthe F-22 Raptor fighter jet program.Secretary Gates is focusing the Pentagon to address the smaller, lower-tech battlefields the military is fighting right now,and, he says, will likely confront in the future.

It remains to be seen how the Democrat Congress will handle these proposed cuts, but this is a party that has never been enamored of defense spending. Let me remind you of a few things Democrats are keen to forget. The euphoria at the end of the Cold War was followed by talk of the “peace dividend.” The Clinton Administration cut defense spending, and never took seriously the threat of international terrorism — we witnessed the results on 9/11.

If Defense Secretary Gates is right– and American troops will only be confronted with lower-tech, smaller threats in coming years– then these cuts to our defense systems will be but a footnote in history.

But what if the Obama Administration is wrong, folks? With North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Venezuela, and other nations making mischief– with China and Russia spending more on defense– we had better getthis right. Because if there’s a miscalculation,and if instead we will face sophisticated threats requiring futuristic weaponry,then this could very well be an error of epic proportions. We hope not, but it could be.

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