PHOTO: In the UN Security Council on September 17, 2005, President George W. Bush’s casts America’s vote in favor of the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. Behind him are UN Ambassador John Bolton and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Our friend of the day is John Bolton who is celebrating his 63rd birthday. It is a somewhat gloomy day for the former Ambassador because it is now apparent the Super Committee will fail, and the Pentagon budget will automatically be cut by $600 billion.
Bolton says: “It makes no sense to put our military on the chopping block when any objective analysis shows the real culprit is entitlement spending. Between 2010 and 2015, total defense spending will fall from 4.9 percent to 3.6 percent of gross domestic product. Meanwhile, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid surpassed defense spending in 1976 and have grown unchecked since.
"These three programs alone risk completely crowding out the government’s primary constitutional obligation: defending our country.
"The war on terrorism cannot be won on the cheap.
Some in Washington believe we can fight guerrillas with a hollowed-out military geared toward special operations.
"But the elite forces that target terrorists on dangerous night missions require next-generation attack helicopters to transport them, drones to track the enemy, fighter aircraft like the F-18 and the F-35 to protect them, modern tankers to refuel the jets and bombers providing air support, and sophisticated command-control communications and intelligence systems to support them.
"Cutting those programs will leave our best soldiers, sailors and Marines sitting ducks in the most dangerous parts of the world."