9:01 PM, Apr 11, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman representing Hawaii's Second Congressional District, responds to President Obama's proposed budget by expressing concern over missile defense cuts. "It would also cut our missile defense budget, even as Hawai‘i and the rest of the country face direct and heightened threats from North Korea," she says in a statement.
Gabbard is a Democrat, who otherwise praises Obama's budget, except for president's proposed Social Security "cuts."
"The budget proposal unveiled by President Barack Obama today is a measured approach to reducing our deficit without jeopardizing our fragile economy. It replaces the sequester and includes a plan to create jobs and enhance the nation’s infrastructure. This is a starting point for us to work together, seek common ground, and take immediate steps to put our nation on firm financial footing. This budget represents a sincere effort to encourage economic recovery and create conditions for job growth," reads Gabbard's statement.
"However, I have serious reservations about some elements of the President’s budget, such as proposed cuts to Social Security. It would also cut our missile defense budget, even as Hawai‘i and the rest of the country face direct and heightened threats from North Korea. As we consider all options for a smart and balanced approach, I will work together with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to tackle the difficult decisions facing our nation."
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THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol on the North Korea problem and the Obama Administration's missile defense policy failure. Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:12 PM, May 16, 2012 • By ROBERT ZARATE
House of Representatives lawmakers are set to debate an annual bill that authorizes military programs later this week, and a handful of Democrats have set their sights on killing provisions that would support efforts to build missile defenses by 2015 to protect America’s East Coast from future missile threats from countries like Iran.
8:34 AM, Mar 26, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
If one needed a reminder of why President Obama must be defeated in November, he provided it today in Seoul, where the end of his private conversation with Russian president Dmitri Medvedev was picked up by microphones as reporters were let into the room:
8:01 AM, Mar 26, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama got caught in private conversation with a hot mic today in Seoul, South Korea, telling outgoing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev that Vladimir Putin should give him more "space" and that "[a]fter my election I have more flexibility."
11:01 AM, Oct 12, 2011 • By REBECCAH HEINRICHS
When Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008, he promised to “cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.” The word “unproven,” folks worried, could be used against every defense system that hasn’t intercepted a missile in combat.
8:51 AM, May 27, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A. B. Stoddard and Jonah Goldberg, last night on Fox News:
Put MEADS out of its misery.11:35 AM, Dec 29, 2010 • By GARY SCHMITT
For those of us who have been arguing against cutting the U.S. defense budget and, indeed, arguing instead that it’s too low as is, we’re used to our critics saying that we never have met a defense expenditure we don’t like, that we have no ideas for how defense monies can be better utilized, or that we never seem to find a program that ought to be cut.
Estimates Iran will have long-range missiles as early as 2015. 11:28 AM, Apr 20, 2010 • By MICHAEL ANTON
Remember the two missiles defense sites—one in Poland, the other in the Czech Republic—that the Obama administration cancelled last fall as a goodwill gesture to Russia? The stated rationale at the time was: Since the sites were intended to defend America and our allies from Iranian missiles, and our intelligence estimated that the Iranians were a long way from fielding such missiles, the sites were unnecessary.
Now, this was a transparently flimsy excuse even at the time. If we believed (which we did then and do now) that Iran is determined to develop ICBMs, then why wait? It takes time to build interceptor and radar sites and make sure they work properly. Is the right time to begin only after the threatening country has in hand the capability which the installations are intended to counter?
Nope.9:43 AM, Feb 25, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
There's plenty to crticize about President Obama's policies on missile defense, but Frank Gaffney makes the preposterous claim that the new logo for the Missile Defense Agency "appears ominously to reflect a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo," he goes on:
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