August 29, 2010

 
An odd time to push for defense cuts
 
Posted by Jeremiah Jacques at 12:00 am on August 29, 2010
 
U.S. congressmen Ron Paul and Barney Frank are calling for their fellow policymakers on both sides of the political aisle to support a $1 trillion dollar cut in U.S. military spending. The push, which comes only two weeks after Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced a plan to close the Joint Forces Command, based in Norfolk, VA, and to reduce the military’s top-heavy management structure, is gaining some momentum.
The U.S. Second Fleet, which trains all strike groups before deployment and employs hundreds of military personnel, contractors, and civilian employees, is also likely to be closed as the Department of Defense aims to tighten its budget.

With the national debt soaring at over 13 trillion dollars, it’s evident that all areas of government should undergo a drastic shakeup to eliminate waste and achieve more efficiency. But, so far, Gates is the only one of President Obama’s department heads to propose concrete spending cuts.

In light of the current political climates in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere, the timing of these pushes for defense budget cuts seems counterintuitive.

Asia

In March, China announced an increase of 7.5 percent in its defense budget raising it to $78.6 billion. Beijing is notorious for a lack of transparency regarding the true magnitude of its military build-up, so the true increase is almost certainly much higher. In August, the annual report to Congress on China’s military power was released describing a massive Chinese military buildup designed primarily to push America out of the Western Pacific. The report says China is pursuing a variety of air, naval, submersible, space and cyber weapons designed specifically to destroy U.S. battle carrier groups.

The report also explains that Beijing has developed artillery that can reach across the Taiwan Strait, and is developing several nuclear aircraft carriers and submarines. Its newest Dong Feng missiles can strike targets 890 miles from the mainland. The capabilities Beijing is pursuing go well beyond defense goals. Its military expansion is designed to project China’s rising power.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jiang Yu said that the Pentagon’s report “made absurd comments on China’s normal defense works and exaggerated China’s military prowess, trying to plant this notion of a ‘China threat.’”

Reassuring words.

Middle East

Iran has crossed a pivotal nuclear threshold. Like North Korea, Iran has defied U.S. attempts to reign in its military expansion and nuclear development, and, on August 21, Russian and Iranian engineers began loading radioactive uranium rods into Iran’s first nuclear power plant in the city of Bushehr. The international community is rife with concern that the facility will produce enriched nuclear materials for use with nuclear weapons. Although Tehran and Moscow deny the charge, analysts point out that Iran could use Bushehr to enhance its uranium enrichment program, headquartered 300 miles away at Natanz.

On August 22, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended an Iranian Ministry of Defense ceremony to celebrate the completion of Iran’s first unmanned, or drone, bomber. Iranian state tv broadcast a successful test flight of the Karrar (“Striker”) aircraft, and said that it had a range of 620 miles, and could carry two 250-pound bombs, or a 500-pound precision bomb.
After unveiling the Karrar, Ahmadinejad said “this jet is a messenger of honor and human generosity and a savior of mankind, before being a messenger of death for enemies of mankind.”

More reassuring words.

Europe

On August 23, German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg presented a plan to the German cabinet which would streamline the German military and significantly boost the number of troops that can be sent on missions abroad. Journalist Christian Thiel, writing on the website of the German tv news service Tagesschau, said, “This is not a reform, but in reality a revolution, planned by the defense minister.”
Back in April, Trumpet columnist Ron Fraser wrote this about Guttenberg’s military ambitions for Germany:
Guttenberg is determined to change the Bundeswehr’s image into that of a legitimate combat force with broad public acceptance. At the February Munich Security Conference, he…”spoke about the need to take action. What was important, the minister pointed out, was that progress be made regarding the long-overdue reforms of the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (nato). ‘We talk too much and act too little,’” he said.

This was an effort to apply pressure to
nato to revamp its charter by the end of the year, implicitly integrating German imperial goals with nato objectives… Ultimately, German military elites will be eyeing either a merger with, or takeover of, the nuclear-armed nato…The eu is empowered under the Lisbon Treaty to develop a continental military force. That this force will have nuclear potential is quietly taken as a given by certain German military and political elites.
 
Mr. Gates has emphasized that the budget itself will not be cut, but merely have its growth slowed. But with turmoil mounting on each of the world’s major continents, is this a good time for the U.S. to broadcast to the world that defense is what it’s most anxious to scale down?

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From the Editor
 
The Hope That Politicians Can’t Give You
 
 
Be honest: Political parties offer only dead hope. You need better!  
 
When you look at politics in America you see the deepest division ever. There is a vicious hatred, far worse than ever before, and it’s getting worse every day. Both parties are at fault.

There are many people, especially on the left, who fuel that deadly division by playing the race card. White, left-wing radicals are allied with the majority of the non-white population. Extreme radicals have gotten control. What they really want is control of America! And they will do just about anything to get it.
It doesn’t take much imagination to see what is coming. All you need is a little knowledge of human nature and history to see that this is leading to a serious clash between the right and the left. A deadly, racially charged time bomb is about to explode.

Still, our racial problems are about to be solved! It’s time we understood this wonderful truth.
If we look at the political right in America, they talk incessantly about Christianity. But do we see God’s power in their political party? I mean real power. Are they really showing us how to solve America’s problems? The answer is a thunderous no!

As strange as it may sound, our many problems are actually a sign that the solution is near. Most professing Christians don’t see that because they don’t understand their own Bibles! That book is supposed to be the source of their religion. But in most cases, it is not! (This is explained and proved in our free book Mystery of the Ages.)

This world must learn that there is no hope in any political organization. Nor is there hope in this world’s Christianity, because most of their beliefs are not taken from the Bible!

Our people are going to suffer until they turn to the only living hope. This is why we must suffer. God is trying to turn us to the only source of hope. That is the lesson our suffering will finally teach. At last, men will take the Bible seriously and prosper mightily.

That is how you can see hope in our suffering.

It is time that we dealt with the hard truths. We are facing human annihilation! This is no time to have a dead hope. This is the time of the greatest hope ever! That is because the living hope is so near. Our problems are about to be solved in spite of us. This world is about to be filled with a bountiful hope. That message is taught throughout the Bible. But Christians don’t believe it.

There are literally hundreds of prophecies of that imminent hope becoming reality. And you can prove every word to be true. Real hope is not built on vague ideas.

The Bible says we are “saved by hope.” The other side of that coin is we are destroyed by hopelessness! This world is filled with hopelessness. That is because people have hopeless beliefs. The evidence is all around us.

According to Scripture, we should “abound in hope.” But if you look around, you don’t see that hope in people’s lives. You know what I say is true. That hope has always been available to man—but he has chosen to create his own false hope. And now all of the problems are ready to explode in our faces because of that wrong choice.

Still, God is going to save most of mankind—in His timeframe and according to His purpose, not ours. Every human being who has ever lived will have a chance to choose a living hope. Most of them will do just that, but only after much suffering. First we have to learn there is no hope in man—in human nature.
Even this world’s religions are founded on human reasoning—not the hope-filled word of the Bible. That hope has always been there. Very soon mankind is going to believe it!

We should have abundant hope in the imminent return of Christ—taught in more than a hundred prophecies of your Bible.
 
Is your faith strong enough in those prophecies to give you hope? It certainly can be. But you must choose that living hope!

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