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13 Jan

Cheney: Obama ‘Decimating Our Military Capacity’

“I think, in fact, what President Obama is doing is something that America’s enemies–the Taliban, al Qaeda–have been unable to do, which is to decimate the fighting capability of this nation,” Cheney said. “And when you look at his rhetoric, he talks about the need now that hostilities are over to cut our spending, as though we’re no longer at war. He’s acting as though this is a time for a peace dividend when we’re not, you know, truly at peace. And I think it’s irresponsible, and I think it will be very, very difficult for him to convince the American people they ought to reelect a president who in fact is so decimating our military capacity.”

Cheney said that the real debt problem has to do with entitlement spending–“If you look at what’s driving our massive debt, it’s entitlements”– but that Obama would rather cut the military than deal with Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. “And this is a president who, rather than deal with the very tough entitlement problem . . . he’s cutting defense spending.”

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