Commentary Magazine


Fight Stupider, Not Harder

In a video that has just come to light, Barack Obama makes a scary declaration:

I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems.

That’s quite a goal, considering his reluctance to slow the development of Iran’s future combat systems. The video was made last year for the pacifist organization, whose mission is “To redirect 15% of the Pentagon’s discretionary budget away from obsolete Cold War weapons towards education, healthcare, job training, alternative energy development, world hunger, deficit reduction.” Cold war weapons, future combat systems–what’s the difference, right? The important thing is the Democratic nominee’s commitment to cut back on defense while we’re at war. Just so you know that Obama means business, he appeals to you at the end of the clip:

You know where I stand. I fought for open ethical and accountable government my entire public life. I don’t switch positions or make promises that can’t be kept. I don’t posture on defense policy and I don’t take money from federal lobbyists for powerful defense contractors. As President, my sole priority for defense spending will be protecting the American people.

And with hope in our hearts, change in our minds, and parking space in our arsenals I’m sure there’s no threat we won’t overcome. By “we,” of course, I mean the additional 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines that Obama has elsewhere pledged to add to our technologically-hampered armed forces.