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-- full rescue of captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates.
I'm very proud of the efforts of the US military and many other departments and agencies that worked tirelessly to resolve the situation.
I share our nation's admiration for captain -- courage and leadership and selfless concern for his crew.
And I want to be very clear that we are resolved to halt the rise of privacy.
In that region.
Those pirates vowing today to take quick revenge on American ships off the coast of Somalia.
This arguably the new commander in chief's first security tests and an unexpected one so will this piracy situation make everything to propose cuts our military budget.
James terrified elusive with The Heritage Foundation he says it doesn't make sense for the president to -- Or you shouldn't -- And welcome to the show what do you make of this you've got North Korea launching a missile.
We've got increased violence in Iraq here recently and now the Somali pirate situation -- -- to -- cut the budget.
No it's not him when you look at the lodge.
Behind the budget cuts it makes even less sense because basically what the Bush Administration did as they.
They -- -- defense in two -- their defense budget to pay for the Pentagon by new equipment pay the troops and then they had supplemental funding to pay for the war no -- Obama wants to do is get rid of the supplemental funding.
Because Iraq and Afghanistan are not popular with his party to -- that on the baseline budget.
Plus he wants to keep defense spending down because he's ballooning spending on everything else and so essentially everything else in the Pentagon becomes a bill -- for Iraq and after.
An -- so but that's is this is sort of mind boggling in the sense that we know how dangerous it is out there.
The president just coming back from -- did each one -- not getting really any help for Afghanistan.
Everybody's bracing for the worst this summer in Afghanistan for American troops.
How does the president get around this in fact I remember the date of some of the budget cuts were announced some of the military stocks actually went higher how does that work.
Well I mean essentially what he did is is he created -- -- he said look we're not cutting defense.
We're just gonna be more efficient and effective and that just simply wasn't true I mean what they're basically doing.
It's cutting defense you know they they they brought out the old canard you know we're gonna get rid of all the fraud waste and abuse well.
Basically what they're doing is cutting money now how how that get rid of -- -- you senators dad and -- getting rid of broadway's abuse is different and defense and other agencies I don't get either.
And and then essentially what they're doing his -- do you wish away strategies they're.
They're cutting money for all the things to deal with the threats in the future.
Whether it's protecting assets in space or dealing with with the increasing ballistic missile threat so they're they're paying.
Is -- looks like paying your credit card there you know all I care about is paying off the interest very much I don't really care about the long term.
Problem that's behind that that's what they're doing James and also -- the president is downplaying future threats our country.
Absolutely and you could see that most clearly and missile defense.
You know what is the one complaint about missile defense as well you don't test enough.
And you can't do in emerging threats for example of enemies put decoys on their missiles you can't do it larger missile forces like.
But what are they cutting they're cutting the research and the cape on all the -- capabilities the ability to deal with those things they're cutting the money to do the more advanced testing.
So it it it really is it.
It really is kind of this the big lie.
I'll -- out of the -- what is your greatest fear of what could happen.
Considering you here you go through these budget cuts.
Here's what's gonna happen on the president Obama's committed to Afghanistan and Iraq -- As those words get worse he has no support of the democratic party for supporting that he's not gonna get more money for the defense budget.
Yet he will personally be committed to those operations -- essentially they'll be his wars and he'll do it Johnson did which is still increasingly.
I have to send more forces and more capability -- raid the other parts and defense budget to pay for that because we'll be able to get the money from congress.
And what you basically do is hollow out the military.
That you might have well paid troops you might have more troops.
But -- I can have the equipment they need the doctor had adequate readiness and they're certainly not gonna have new equipment and so what's gonna happen is for five years and now.
Will come up against another unexpected threat whether it's another Iraq and Afghanistan are.
Confrontation with China over the Taiwan straits and we will fall flat on her face because -- -- what's underneath the military is nothing but a paper tiger because we'll have eaten all that.
To pay to keep it up going on in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Our exams is frightening thought but very realistic please keep the message out there appreciate your time.
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