Obama’s 21st Century strategy plays Russian roulette with defense
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
Truth be told, because entitlement spending has tripled while defense spending declined as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), entitlement spending (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) is now 10 percent of GDP, whereas defense spending is only 5 percent.
Yesterday morning, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta unveiled a new strategic guidance that reflects the nation’s 21st Century defense needs and secures America’s leadership for the future, but military critics liken his proposals to playing Russian roulette with U.S. national security.
The U.S. Defense and State Departments continue to work side-by-side to bring the full range of American assets to bear on U.S. foreign policy. As the new strategy notes, meeting security challenges cannot be the work of our military alone, according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Diplomacy and development are equal partners with defense in our smart power approach to promoting American interests and values abroad, building up our economic prosperity, and protecting our national security,” said Secretary Clinton.
This new guidance is a critical element in the nation’s integrated approach to strengthening American leadership in a changing world. It enhances the capabilities and relationships necessary to lead and meet national responsibilities for years to come, Pentagon officials stated.
In addition, it promotes U.S. strategic priorities, including sustaining a global presence while strengthening the country’s focus on the Asia-Pacific region; deterring our adversaries and fulfilling our security commitments; investing in critical alliances and partnerships, including NATO; combating violent extremists and defending human dignity around the world; and preserving our ability to respond quickly to emerging threats.
“As we move forward with this strategy, we will continue to consult our allies and partners to address our shared concerns, seize new opportunities, and bolster global stability,” Secretary Clinton stated.
“I think we need to cut defense, but as commander-in-chief, I’ve got to make sure that we’re cutting it in a way that recognizes we’re still in the middle of a war,” Obama said during a press conference.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.