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Clinton pushes for stronger China role

March 27, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has moved aggressively and quickly to secure a stronger role in what she has called the world’s most important relationship: U.S. dealings with China. But military and economic tensions between the two powers keep getting in her way.

By Foster Klug
Associated Press

As the international financial crisis worsens, the two colossal economies have bickered over their intertwined interests. China is nervous about its position as Washington’s biggest foreign creditor, holding an estimated $1 trillion in U.S. government debt.

Beijing and Washington also have sparred over military matters, including a confrontation between American and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea and harsh words over Pentagon claims that China’s rapidly growing military strength could allow it to win short, intense conflicts against high-tech adversaries.

These issues will demand high-level attention from the Treasury and Defense departments. Clinton is pushing, however, to ensure that her diplomatic corps is not marginalized as the United States engages a country the Obama administration needs as a partner in efforts to solve the world’s major problems.

Clinton began staking out her claim on China early. A week after President Barack Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration she signaled her determination not to stand on the sidelines in her first comments to reporters at the State Department.

“The strategic dialogue that was begun in the Bush administration turned into an economic dialogue,” Clinton said. “That’s a very important aspect of our relationship with China, but it’s not the only aspect of our relationship.”

In Beijing last month, on her first foreign trip as secretary, Clinton said she and new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner “will both be fully engaged” in discussions with China. Clinton then pleasantly surprised China by saying the Obama administration would not let its human rights concerns interfere with cooperation with Beijing.

Read the rest:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090
327/D97683SG1.html

The Great Give Away of Taxpayer Money By Bigger and Bigger Government

March 26, 2009

An eager 20 year old student asked me yesterday, “Uncle, who really pays for all this spending?”

“Well, your children and grandchildren, Dear,  I thought you knew,” I said.

This needs time to think in and sink in — since she hasn’t yet started a family….

This is a developing essay that is not yet complete….

So we’ve been wondering about all this Obama spending: what it is and what it means.

The president basically spent $1 billion per day in his first 50 days.

I wonder why we need paid “volunteers” so badly that we now have to pay for them?
 Federal Government Paying “Volunteers” To Teach Liberal Values

“You cannot carry on for ever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented engorgement of the unproductive bit. You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.”  This rings true for Americans even though it wan an admonishment to Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Warning to American Politicians, Via MEP Daniel Hannan to Gordon Brow

I wonder if the crisis in Mexico will mean a huge migration of Mexicans into the states…I mean way huger than ALREADY…and what will that cost?
 Mexico: “under sustained assault”; Could “collapse” — U.S. Military

“Worst-case scenario, Mexico becomes the Western hemisphere’s equivalent of Somalia, with mass violence, mass chaos,” said Ted Galen Carpenter, vice president for defense and foreign policy at the Cato Institute, a Washington-based think tank. “That would clearly require a military response from the United States.”
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0
,2933,491964,00.html

I wonder why the Pentagon can no longer refer to the “war on terror” and is already trying to figure out how to cut many billions from its budget; while Russia and China rearm?
China boosts military, cyberwarfare capabilities
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 Gates readies big cuts in weapons
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 Russia Pressing “Reset,” Medvedev Orders Military To Re-Arm
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I wonder why ACORN, which gets federal taxpayers money, is hiring protesters with that money to go to the homes of AIG executives?
Did ACORN Organize Protests At Homes of AIG Execs?
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ACORN Protesters At Homes of AIG Execs Similar To Lawlessness For UK Bank Exec?

When we make it much more simple to unionize through programs like card check, how will that impact the economy?  Well, FedEx might scrap plans to buy new jets from Boeing and the stimulus might hire many fewer workers….
Stimulus: Way Fewer Jobs Than You Thought

Just Wednesday FedEx said it might back off on billions of dollars of aircraft sales planned to go to Boeing.  The reason?  Card check.  FedEx is worried that fast unionization of its work force will dramatically change its bottom line.

Who benefits from all this U.S. debt?  Who buys our debt and who gets our interest payment?  The answer in one word is China.  The U.S. bailed out Freddie and Fannie with Taxperer money and now China is even buying the houses we once owned…
Chinese find opportunity in U.S. real-estate slump

I wonder how we will pay for “unknown unknowns” like 9-11 and Katrina?  Well, we’ll print more money…..
 Obama, Economy: So Much Uncertainty Spins Off More…. Uncertainty

There are still issues as yet untackled by Obama like immigration.  How will we deal with the vast numbers of illegals ou there?
What do I tell my legal immigrant family and friends?
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Obama Believers Thought They’d Hear More On Immigration By Now

Immigration embers could turn into political fire for Obama

La Raza has a new best friend at Justice

I wonder how much our government will grow, what the government will cost us all and what freedoms we’ll lose in this Obama shake up?

There is a mind-set here that Americans can have eveything they want and now and without consequences.

Didn’t that thinking spark this “economic downturn”?

Read Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/2
6/now-they-tell-us-ap-admits-that-po
rkulus-numbers-are-bs/

http://newworldliberty.wordpress.c
om/2009/03/25/maxine-waters-
proves-obama-is-a-fraud/

Related:
Obama Talks About “Making Hard choices,” But Budget Is “Have It All Now”

Pentagon: China Weapons Development Threatens Taiwan

March 25, 2009

The Pentagon says China needs to be more open about its military modernization or risk creating uncertainty and miscalculations by other nations.

Associated Press

The U.S. Defense Department is questioning how China intends to use its rapidly expanding military power, including what it calls some “disruptive military technologies.”
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A new Pentagon report also says Beijing continues to develop weapons that threaten Taiwan, even though tensions between the two have been reduced significantly.

The assessment comes in the latest in a series of annual assessments for Congress of China’s military power.

The Associated Press obtained a summary of the report, due to be released later Wednesday.

It says China needs to be more open about its military modernization; otherwise it risks creating uncertainty and the potential for misunderstandings and miscalculations by other nations.

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China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said early this month that Beijing is ready to hold talks with Taiwan on political and military issues in the pursuit of ending hostility between the longtime rivals. But Taiwan’s defense minister later noted publicly that China has made repeated threats to attack Taiwan if it moves to make its de facto independence permanent and that Taiwan remains concerned about the estimated 1,300 missiles Beijing has readied against the island.

Read it all:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200
90325/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_china

Drama on China’s high seas casts U.S. as adversary

March 24, 2009

China’s flash of maritime muscle against a U.S. Navy ship this month has put its neighbors and America on watch against a bolder push to exert sovereignty in regional waters.

After a decade of increases in defense spending that averaged 16 percent a year, China has the military means to enforce claims in the energy-rich and trade-heavy South and East China Seas — and to challenge U.S. activities there, as it did March 8 when five Chinese vessels confronted the U.S.N.S. Impeccable.

By Dune Lawrence
Bloomberg

“China is looking to expand” its sphere of influence toward Guam and to the Philippines, says Tai Ming Cheung, a senior fellow at the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation in La Jolla, California. “The maritime arena is one of the most fluid and strategic for China in terms of how it’s going to defend and expand and protect its interests internationally.”

China’s move reflects its increasing international political and economic clout, which may lend it confidence in challenging the United States — and complicate America’s response. President Barack Obama needs China’s support in dealing with North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs, not to mention its financial help in the form of continued purchases of U.S. government debt to support stimulus plans.

“There are much bigger factors at play, notably the need to keep China on board in cooperating in resolving the financial and economic crisis,” says Tim Huxley, executive director in Asia for the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Just eight weeks after Mr. Obama’s inauguration, the Chinese boats crowded “dangerously” close to the American surveillance ship and demanded that it leave waters about 120 kilometers, or 75 miles, south of Hainan Island, China’s southernmost province, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, which sent a warship escort.

China said the United States broke international law by spying close to its shores. The United States said its activities were allowed under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.

For Shane Osborn, the dispute seemed all too familiar. Osborn piloted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane that collided with a Chinese fighter jet over the same area in April 2001 — just weeks after the start of George W. Bush’s first term as president. The Chinese pilot died. Mr. Osborn made an emergency landing on Hainan, a beach resort and military base, where the Chinese detained him and his crew for 11 days on the ground that they had entered China’s airspace without permission.

The Impeccable’s encounter “was a little bit like déjà vu,” says Mr. Osborn, 34, now state treasurer of Nebraska. While tension died down soon after the 2001 incident, Mr. Osborn says he is concerned that will not happen this time, and he is quick to point out how China’s military has changed in the past eight years.

“They’ve made large investments in upgrading their equipment, and it’s starting to show now,” he says. “They were just at the beginning of it” then.

Read the rest:
http://www.iht.com/articles/20
09/03/24/asia/letter.php

Obama: Look the other way but spend more faster

March 18, 2009

Yesterday during the AIG flap he was all about being Irish.  Next he”ll be talking with Jay Leno — instead of asking Chris Dodd and Tim Geithner hard questions.

The president is the master of slight of hand — but he needs a teleprompter to do it because he plans every move and every word.

Since the “stimulus,” which was pushed through congress so fast many “lawmakers” admitted they hadn’t time to read it, we’ve had a mountain of news telling us speedy lawmaking is often really bad lawmaking.

The stimulus money isn’t even out the door and the media is lowering expectations.

Mexico has threatened to open a trade war because of a line in the stimulus, union hiring will mean far fewer jobs than we were promised, and lay-offs continue.

Obama Dead Wrong On Stimulus, Caterpillar Company Jobs, Recovery

 Obama: Mexico Tests His Free Trade Talk

 Stimulus: Way Fewer Jobs Than You Thought

The Obama Administration and the congress look like the gang that can’t shoot straight.

But the president himself, despite yelling fire in a financial bonfire, is mostly telling us to allow the government to spend more and more and look the other way.

During the stimulus debate in congress, which lasted about 10 minutes and did not include hearings or anyone reading the actual legislation — the president campaigned in Indiana (and got all his facts wrong) and in Florida.

The AIG mess is an example of government going too fast.  But that’s a small matter in dollar measures but a big matter in measuring our view of confidence, competenace and credibility: in government and in Obama himself.

Obama: Here’s Why Geithner Has To Go: Credibility, Confidence, Competance

Yet President Obama urged more speed just yesterday for his next budget: a $3.6 trillion beheamouth.

And, although the president said he wouldn’t think of fixing everything, he did say, “The cost of our health care is too high to ignore. The dependence on oil is too dangerous to ignore. Our education deficit is growing too wide to ignore.”  Don’t forget education.  And on and on.

We must have money for energy, education, health care and climate but, sorry, we are short on defense and veterans and other things….

And the economy has yet to rebound and might need more speedy stimulus.

Hmmmm.

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes,” Thomas Jefferson reportedly said.

Some Dems Want Brake in Obama Plans, Spending

Obama Plans to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment
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Trade Barriers Could Threaten Global Economy
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 Obama climate plan could cost $2 trillion
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National debt hits record $11 trillion
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Health care overhaul may cost another $1.5 trillion or more
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Gates readies big cuts in weapons

President Rolls Out Budget, March 17, 2009:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co
ntent/article/2009/03/17/AR20090317
01150.html?wprss=rss_nation

Obama said yesterday: “This budget does not raise the taxes of any family making less than $250,000 a year by a single dime.” 

Unless the cap and trade rules and other energy costs, food costs and other costs of living can be considered caused by the governemnt and thus the same as taxes to everyone….

Obama said the country “can’t go back to a bubble economy, an economy based on reckless spending and spending beyond our means.”

Like this is not reckless and spending beyond our means?

As Biden likes to say: “Give me a fu%$#ing break.”

http://newsboytom.wordpress.com/200
9/03/18/stimulus-support-slipping/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03/
18/obama-flees-to-leno-next-stop-da
nce-party-ii-with-degeneres/

Pentagon Rethinking Strategy, Planning, Budgeting and Weapons-Buying

March 14, 2009

The protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are forcing the Obama administration to rethink what for more than two decades has been a central premise of American strategy: that the nation need only prepare to fight two major wars at a time.

By Thom Shanker
New York Times
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For more than six years now, the United States has in fact been fighting two wars, with more than 170,000 troops now deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. The military has openly acknowledged that the wars have left troops and equipment severely strained, and has said that it would be difficult to carry out any kind of significant operation elsewhere.

To some extent, fears have faded that the United States may actually have to fight, say, Russia and North Korea, or China and Iran, at the same time. But if Iraq and Afghanistan were never formidable foes in conventional terms, they have already tied up the American military for a period longer than World War II.

A senior Defense Department official involved in a strategy review now under way said the Pentagon was absorbing the lesson that the kinds of counterinsurgency campaigns likely to be part of some future wars would require more staying power than in past conflicts, like the first Iraq war in 1991 or the invasions of Grenada and Panama.

In an interview with National Public Radio last week, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made it clear that the Pentagon was beginning to reconsider whether the old two-wars assumption “makes any sense in the 21st century” as a guide to planning, budgeting and weapons-buying.

The discussion is being prompted by a top-to-bottom strategy review that the Pentagon conducts every four years, as required by Congress and officially called the Quadrennial Defense Review. One question on the table for Pentagon planners is whether there is a way to reshape the armed forces to provide for more flexibility in tackling a wide range of conflicts.

Among other questions are the extent to which planning for conflicts should focus primarily on counterinsurgency wars like those in Iraq and Afghanistan, and what focus remains on well-equipped conventional adversaries like China and Iran, with which Navy vessels have clashed at sea.

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/washi
ngton/15military.html?_r=1&hp

China Making It Clear: Won’t Roll Over, Do Tricks for Barack, Hillary

March 12, 2009

By staging an international icedent at sea last weekend with the USNS Impeccable, China has made claer it will not roll over and do tricks for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

China won’t play dead either: it is very much alive and holds the notes on most U.S. debt and soon to hold even more.

China and Russia have formed and alliance that will not abide any lip from the United States.

There may be “business as usual” in Washington DC and a nation awash in pork barrel spending thanks to earmarks: but China and Russia see a new era of American weakness and aim to make gains during this period….

Related:
Barack, Hillary: Moronic “Reset” Idea for Relations With Russia

Behind the U.S. and China At Sea Incident

 China Provoked Obama; Now Works To Smooth Situation: Why?
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 China’s Love/Hate Relationship With The U.S.

Era of Obama, American Weakness Emboldens Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Terrorists

 Russia Sees Obama, U.S., Others As “Weak,” “Naive”

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Reuters
March 11, 2009

Chinese President Hu Jintao urged the military to “staunchly defend” national sovereignty in comments published days after a brief confrontation with a U.S. Navy ship.

Hu’s comments to People’s Liberation Army officers, published in the official People’s Daily Thursday, did not mention the PLA Navy’s run-in Sunday with a U.S. Navy survey ship off the Chinese island province of Hainan.

 

There have been no signs that Beijing wants to expand the dispute, in which China says the U.S. ship violated its sovereignty by monitoring waters in its exclusive economic zone.

Washington has said its ship, the Impeccable, was in international waters.

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, visiting Washington, said Wednesday that relations were “at a new starting point and have important opportunities to develop,” the ministry website (http://www.fmprc.gov.cn) reported.

But Hu, who also serves as Communist Party chief and supreme military leader, made it clear that Beijing does not want to be seen as bowing to others.

“Vigorously advance modernisation of national defence and the military,” Hu said Wednesday, speaking to PLA officers attending the annual session of the Party-run parliament.

“Staunchly defend national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity and provide a powerful support and assurance for protecting national development interests and broad social stability.”

Read the rest:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/world
News/idUKTRE52B1VF20090312?fe
edType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

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53% Say It’s Likely the U.S. Will Enter a Depression

Obama Reelection Effort Begins

Obama: Playing not to lose

Top U.S. Military Leader Offers Help to Mexico; Briefs Obama

March 7, 2009

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the United States could help with equipment and intelligence techniques after returning from a six-day trip to Latin America punctuated by news of beheadings and intimidation by Mexican drug cartels.

Mexico could borrow from U.S. tactics in the fight against terrorism as it battles a crisis of drug-related violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, the top U.S. military officer said Friday.

Returning from a six-day trip to Latin America punctuated by news of beheadings and intimidation by Mexican drug cartels, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the United States could help with equipment and intelligence techniques.

Adm. Mike Mullen would not be specific about what kind of intelligence or surveillance help the United States might offer, but said he saw ways to employ experience the United States has gained in the ongoing hunt for extremists and terrorists.

He would not say whether there may already be U.S. drones flying over bloodstained cities such as Ciudad Juarez, where 17 bodies came into the morgue on one day recently, including the city police force’s second-in-command and three other officers.

“Obviously it affects us because of the relationship between the two countries,” Mullen said during a telephone news conference as he flew to Washington following meetings in Mexico, his last stop.

Mullen referred to the spike in violence as a crisis, and said it occupied much of his discussions with Mexican military leaders.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in Mexico in drug-related violence this year. In 2008, the toll doubled from the previous year to 6,290. Both the U.S. and Canada have warned that murders related to drug activity in certain parts of Mexico, particularly along the border with the U.S., raised the level of risk in visiting the country.

There are signs the violent competition among Mexican drug and smuggling cartels is spilling across the border, as cities in Arizona report increases in such crimes as home invasions. More than 700 people were arrested as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on Mexican drug cartels operating inside the United States, the Justice Department said last month.

Last weekend, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he also saw opportunities for the U.S. military to help with military training, resources and intelligence.

“I think we are beginning to be in a position to help the Mexicans more than we have in the past. Some of the old biases against cooperation with our — between our militaries and so on, I think, are being set aside,” Gates said in an interview that aired last Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“It clearly is a serious problem,” he said.

Related:
http://eideard.wordpress.com/2009/03/08/o
bama-mullen-discuss-mexicos-drug-wars/

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By ANNE GEARAN, AP Military Writer

President Barack Obama was briefed Saturday by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen about the drug wars in Mexico and wanted to know how the United States can help.

“Clearly one of the things the president was interested in was the U.S military capability that may or may not apply to our cooperation with the Mexicans,” said a U.S. military official who requested anonymity because the discussions were private. “He was very interested in what kind of military capabilities may be applied.”

Mullen briefed Obama Saturday morning about discussions with Mexican military leaders about the drug wars there.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2009030
8/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_mexico_9

Related:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/america
s/03/07/mexico.headless.bodies/index.html

http://mexicoinstitute.wordpress.com/200
9/03/03/factbox-ciudad-juarez-mexicos-m
ost-violent-city/

Obama Agenda Crystal Clear

February 10, 2009

There is a certain irony as the nation celebrates this week the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. Arguably, not since “Honest Abe’s” assumption of the presidency triggered the start of the Civil War has the arrival of a new commander in chief unleashed so many portentous developments for the national security.

By Frank Gaffney
The Washington Times

It is a time-proven axiom that “elections have consequences.” Consider just a few of the consequences likely to flow from the election of another president from Illinois as a result of assorted priorities of the far left promulgated by Barack Obama in his first days in office:

– In the middle of not one but two shooting wars, President Obama has signaled that he intends to slow defense spending. The anti-military chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin, gleefully announced that he intends to strip funds for weapon systems from the budget. Likely consequence: The armed services will be unable either properly to “reset” the equipment and capabilities that have been used so intensively over the last seven years or be prepared for the next conflict. History teaches such a posture invites foreign aggression and costs far more than is saved through short-term and shortsighted cuts.

– Team Obama has vowed not to support ballistic missile defenses unless they “work and are cost-effective.” It is an article of faith for the left that neither is true, no matter how many successful tests are conducted of our anti-missile systems. And over the weekend, Vice President Joe Biden left the impression with NATO allies that such a standard would preclude the previously approved U.S. deployment of radars and interceptors in Eastern Europe. (Mr. Levin has already said he would “love to cut missile defense.”) Likely consequence: Friendly governments reliant on American protection from Russian revanchism will be undercut, the Kremlin will be emboldened and the Iranian mullahs – who just demonstrated long-range missile capabilities – will have in the future a free ride in threatening, or even attacking, Europe with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.

– President Obama has reportedly rejected the advice of his senior commanders in the theater concerning the timing of withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Worse yet, he has proposed Ambassador Christopher Hill – fresh from his appalling appeasement of North Korea – to be the U.S. envoy to Baghdad. In that capacity, he would be one of the chief interlocutors with the Iranians in the new dialogue Mr. Obama is intent on having with the mullahs. Likely consequence: Creation of a vacuum of power in Iraq that will unnecessarily destabilize the country and facilitate Iranian efforts to exert hegemony there. The stage will thus be set for the next war in the region, one that will surely be more costly for American personnel and interests than anything we have seen to date.

– Press reports suggest Mr. Obama has engaged octogenarian and erstwhile detentist Henry Kissinger to help fashion a new arms control deal with the Kremlin. Evidently, the president is seeking the Russians’ assent to massive reductions in the two nations’ nuclear arsenals en route to his stated goal of a global ban on all nuclear weapons. There are myriad problems with this initiative: As we are unsure of the actual size of Moscow’s stockpile, Russia could retain a large, covert force. Russia is modernizing its nuclear arsenal, something Team Obama refuses to do for ours. And verification of such cuts, let alone “Global Zero” will be, as a practical matter, impossible. Likely consequence: Russia re-establishes a dominant nuclear posture; China is encouraged to match the United States‘ low numbers and become a peer superpower; and other nations that rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella decide they need their own deterrent, feeding worldwide proliferation.

– President Obama has nominated Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan as solicitor general, a stepping-stone for her appointment to the Supreme Court….

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news
/2009/feb/10/counting-the-consequences/

Mullen: Cash crunch threatens US security, Defense Spending

February 2, 2009

The nation’s top military officer says the global financial crisis is threatening U.S. security options abroad.

Navy Admiral Mike Mullen told reservists Monday that the financial meltdown will force a delicate balance between national security and federal budget cuts. Mullen is chairman of the Pentagon‘s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Pentagon will soon send Congress a new budget request, and top officials are signaling that it will reflect belt-tightening because of the poor economy.

The money crunch comes amid what Mullen described as sweeping political changes in Iraq and Pakistan. Stabilizing both nations is crucial to the U.S war on terror.

Related:
Obama Orders U.S. Defense Cut 10%

Biggest Beneficiary of U.S. Economic Stimulus?

China Starts to Set Limits On Its Biggest Borrower: Barack Obama and The U.S.