Apr 15 2009
…if he won’t even use the sophisticated defense systems we already have? EXCLUSIVE: ‘U.S. FAILED TO USE BEST RADAR FOR NORTH KOREA MISSILE’
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates denied permission for the U.S. Northern Command to use the Pentagon’s most powerful sea-based radar to monitor North Korea’s recent missile launch, precluding officials from collecting finely detailed launch data or testing the radar in a real-time crisis, current and former defense officials said.
Jamie Graybeal, Northcom public affairs director, confirmed to The Washington Times that Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, the Northcom commander, requested the radar’s use but referred all other questions to the Pentagon.
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said Mr. Gates’ decision not to use the $900 million radar, known as SBX, was “based on the fact that there were numerous ground- and sea-based radars and sensors in the region to support the operational requirements for this launch.”
SBX, deployed in 2005, can track and identify warheads, decoys and debris in space with very high precision. Officials said the radar is so powerful it could detect a baseball hit out of a ballpark from more than 3,000 miles away, and that other radars used by the U.S. would not be able to provide the same level of detail about North Korea’s missile capabilities. WASHINGTON TIMES
OBAMA DEFENSE BUDGET IS CARTERESQUE
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates proposes the most radical cuts of our nation’s defense budget since the pacification era ofJimmy Carter.
Obama too, like the Carter a generation earlier, is succumbing to a curiously powerful liberal urge which is to assume that all of the world’s actions are a direct consequence of those taken by America. Thus we have Obama unilaterally declaring a world without nuclear weapons yesterday, and a capitulation defense budget today. Make love, not war; flowers not bombs. Can’t we all just get along?
The Gates budget cuts devastate our national defense at a time when, arguably, the world is becoming a more dangerous placeunder Obama’s American leadership. Over the weekend, a threatening missile is sent flying over our Japan ally, and on Monday Obama’s defense budget skewers the armed forces.
The expectation is that our brave men and women should finish two wars and the inevitable next one to come under Obama, with a broken supply chain, low morale, broken weapons and fewer troops and ammunition. There will be no more F-22 fighter jets under Commander-in-Chief Obama, far fewer ships built, and virtually no new technological developments. Read the full text and transcript of Gates remarks in many places including here.
Until the capitulation is undone by the next president, they will speak about “American era” weaponry as we laugh about “Soviet era” weaponry today. Americans will relearn history’s hard lesson that a military budget keeps the peace, but we will have to fix it after Obama leaves office. Meanwhile we will sack the country with ineffective government social welfare. RIGHT PUNDITS
When Muslim terrorists stage another attack on America that will make 9/11 pale in comparison, these words will come back to haunt all you left wing fascists who put this terrorists’ best friend in office.
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