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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Dick Cheney Hates America

Throughout the current presidential campaign, many conservatives have made references to John Kerry and Democrats voting to cut funding to military programs. A pundit will put in an appearance on a show like Hannity and Colmes and mention how John Kerry voted against funding military aircraft or other military-related programs/systems. Of course the hosts of these shows do not challenge the guest with questions about those votes, and the mainstream media will not do its job in providing to the public information, data and facts to counter those moments when someone says something that is simply not true.

Zell Miller listed several programs he says John Kerry voted against, in his speech to the GOP convention. Why would Kerry do such a thing? Holy crap! Kerry just hates America!

Actually, many of those votes came due to recommendations by a certain Secretary of Defense. And no, I'm not talking about Bill Clinton's SECDEF. I'm referring to President George H.W. Bush's SECDEF, Dick Cheney.

Yes, it was Cheney who made the recommendations to cut spending on military programs. Not John Kerry. Dick Cheney. Here's part of George H.W. Bush's 1992 State of the Union address:

"Two years ago, I began planning cuts in military spending that reflected the changes of the new era. But now, this year, with imperial communism gone, that process can be accelerated. Tonight I can tell you of dramatic changes in our strategic nuclear force. These are actions we are taking on our own because they are the right thing to do.

After completing 20 planes for which we have begun procurement, we will shut down further production of the B - 2 bombers. We will cancel the small ICBM program. We will cease production of new warheads for our sea-based ballistic missiles. We will stop all new production of the Peacekeeper missile. And we will not purchase any more advanced cruise missiles.

This weekend I will meet at Camp David with Boris Yeltsin of the Russian Federation. I've informed President Yeltsin that if the Commonwealth, the former Soviet Union, will eliminate all land-based multiple-warhead ballistic missiles, I will do the following: We will eliminate all Peacekeeper missiles. We will reduce the number of warheads on Minuteman missiles to one and reduce the number of warheads on our sea-based missiles by about one-third. And we will convert a substantial portion of our strategic bombers to primarily conventional use. President Yeltsin's early response has been very positive, and I expect our talks at Camp David to be fruitful. "

But wait! There's more.

"The Secretary of Defense (Dick Cheney) recommended these cuts after consultation with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. And I make them with confidence. But do not misunderstand me. The reductions I have approved will save us an additional $50 billion over the next 5 years. By 1997, we will have cut defense by 30 percent since I took office. These cuts are deep, and you must know my resolve: This deep, and no deeper. To do less would be insensible to progress, but to do more would be ignorant of history. We must not go back to the days of "the hollow army." We cannot repeat the mistakes made twice in this century when armistice was followed by recklessness and defense was purged as if the world were permanently safe."

Got it, conservatives? Is the message getting through those thick skulls? George H.W. Bush and Dick Cheney are responsible for the cuts in military spending in the 1990s. You cannot blame Bill Clinton or John Kerry. But will our lazy media do its job in presenting this information? Of course not. That would require work, and research. Why, it took me about five minutes to gather the data for this blog entry. And I don't even have access to Lexis-Nexis.


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