Obama too passive on national defense

Zachry Floro, Wag of the Finger

We live in a terrifying time. The past decade has seen much tribulation as countries default, governments collapse, and people riot in the streets across the globe. For the majority of my life, the U.S. has been involved in armed conflict in the Middle East, Somalia, and other parts of the world. What is even sadder is the weak stance taken by many Americans, including President Obama, on defense. Obama recently divulged his true intentions when he was overheard telling Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would have more “flexibility negotiating missile defense after the November election.”

Some consider it unfair to hold this against Obama, since he was unaware that his microphone was live, but it is hard to ignore the hard evidence that Obama is willing to delay implementing a policy until after the election. This shows that the President knows his views and ultimate plans fly directly in the face of the American people; otherwise, he would begin negotiating now and reap the added support during the election. This type of scheming is unacceptable and should not be allowed to pass so easily.

What is worse than Obama’s trickery, though, is his policy. Reducing our missile defense is downright idiotic. It seems nearly every day we hear about another country developing nuclear weapons, threatening to use them, or collapsing into chaos. The smartest thing we can do is prepare our defenses as best as we can. This means not allowing the Kremlin to bully us into reducing our missile defenses. Many people have criticized the U.S. for the amount it spends on its military, but defense is one of the few things I don’t mind our government splurging on. After all, it might not be long until North Korea, Iran, or any number of other countries does something that could spark another world war, and it is important to be prepared for such a conflict.

It has become increasingly evident that President Obama had no idea how to implement his campaign promises once he entered office, and that he doesn’t really consider what the American people want when making his policy decisions. I for one am tired of being lied to by the Obama administration. It is time to send the message to Washington that we want security, both fiscally and physically, and toss Barack Obama out of office in November.