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May 5, 2011

On SEAL Team Six and the DoD's Budget

Topics: Political News and commentaries

Hugh Hewitt on the 79 warriors that participated in the bin Laden assault and why we invest so much in the Department of Defense:

[...] A military with this sort of capability is the greatest shield we possess, especially when it has been used as a very sharp sword. The budget debate ahead will want to pretend there are easy cuts to make at the Pentagon, but of course any system that can deliver such a lethal blow has to have a vast understructure on which the elite warriors train and prepare. It not only needs the enormous bases on which to train and live and from which missions can be launched, it needs the amazing machines and weapons that allow for stealth. As my pal Mark Levin was saying on his show last night, the super-secret helicopters that ferried the SEALs to the target weren't the result of a procurement process that began under President Obama. If he wants to leave his successor in 2013 the same capabilities as he used this past weekend, he has to strengthen the Pentagon, not carve it down to keep his domestic political allies happy.

The SEALs and their inter-service colleagues did a great thing for national and international security when they took out bin Laden, but they also did a great service in underscoring why we invest so much in the Department of Defense.

This isn't to say that there's no room for trimming fat and waste in the DoD budget, it's saying that budget decisions should be based upon genuine need and importance rather than by the president's propensity to make decisions driven by politics and ideology ... and that bad decisions made now can affect our ability to defend ourselves in the future - long after he's out of office.

Posted by Richard at May 5, 2011 9:26 AM

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