WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 — On Tuesday, it was reported that President Obama’s 2015 budget will eliminate two very successful weapons programs: The Navy’s Tomahawk cruise missile, which has been used to powerful effect in several conflicts since the 1980’s; and the AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile, which is probably the best anti-armor missile fielded by any military today.
Together, these missiles are a cornerstone of our military superiority. The planned cuts would reduce our stores of Tomhawk missiles, which are regarded as the world’s most advanced cruise missile, to zero in 2016.
The move to eliminate those two missile programs is stunning because their elimination is not for budget reasons. Savings in 2015 will equal about $128 million. Putting that in perspective, the Obama family cost American taxpayers $1.4 billion in 2011 alone. Where did it go? Vacations for the family, vacations for Michelle, 469 senior staff members, a White House 24-hour movie projectionist, and $102,000 for a handler for Bo, the first family’s dog.
Obama’s trip to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s funeral cost about $11 million. The first family’s Christmas vacations in Hawaii have cost an average of $4 million each — over $20 million so far. Their 2013 Africa trip to sub-Sahara Africa cost $60-100 million — almost the entire savings from eliminating the Tomahawk and Hellfire missiles.
Seth Cropsey, the Director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for American Sea Power said in the Washington Times, “It doesn’t make sense. This really moves the U.S. away from a position of influence and military dominance.” If someone were trying to reduce America’s ability to project power, “They couldn’t find a better way than depriving the U.S. fleet of Tomahawks. It’s breathtaking.”
This makes total sense if Obama’s goal is to destroy America’s status as the world’s superpower. This is what conservatives have warned about since Obama first ran for office. He does not view America as the shining city on the hill, but as the focus of evil in the modern world. In that view, the United States should not be a superpower.
Obama believes America should not even be a first among equals. The best way to achieve that goal is to weaken our military defenses.
According to Robert Gates, the former secretary of defense, there was only one military issue that excited Obama. It wasn’t readiness, success or even killing Osama Bin Laden; it was repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Hundreds of retired Generals and Admirals protested this decision, saying it would hurt the armed forces. Obama pushed it through for just that reason.
According to Commander Guy Snodgrass, a former Top Gun fighter pilot who is about to become Executive Officer of an F/A 18 Hornet squadron, these policies are crushing the Navy. Writing for the U.S. Naval Institute website this month, Snodgrass said the Pentagon’s constant fixation on social issues is destroying morale and causing retention problems for officers.
This is no problem as far as Obama is concerned. There only part of the military he worries about preserving is Air Force One.
Ronald Reagan said the duty of the government was to protect its citizens, not run their lives. Obama turns that on its head; he will interfere in our lives with reckless abandon, but protecting us is not on his agenda.
Obama views the world as a better place without America as the dominant superpower. So does Vladmir Putin. A lot of Americans disagree with that opinion, and as events have played out in the last few weeks, everyone now sees what the world is like without an American superpower.