David Brooks on Why Obama Chose Hagel


Chuck Hagel. David Brooks of the New York Times tells us why Chuck Hagel was picked as Obama’s defense secretary. It’s all about… By the way, David Brooks is wired into the Obama White House. David Brooks is the White House’s favorite conservative in the media. Brooks says… I’m just going to paraphrase from his column a couple days ago. The reason Obama wanted Chuck Hagel is because Obama wants to dismantle the military to pay for a growing welfare state, a la Europe.

Not to save money.

Obama doesn’t want to cut defense to save money.

Obama wants to cut defense because he doesn’t like it.

To the American left, the American military is the focus of evil in the modern world.

The American left is happy when the American military fails. It gives them an opportunity. I talked about this once with Bill Bennett. It gives them the opportunity to point to the military as a failed institution. For as long as I’ve been alive, and I’m sure it’s been the same thing for you, you have heard various Democrats (presidents, members of Congress, senators) lament all the money we spend on defense and how we could better spend that money on people and social programs.

They say it as though we’re not spending anything on social programs, that we’re not spending anything on education and we’re not spending anything on hunger. “We need more! We need more on hunger, more on education. It’s all this “we need to invest” stuff. Well, Obama’s gonna do it. Obama is going to be the first Democrat to actually cut the defense budget. I shouldn’t say cut. Dismantle the military. This is more than cutting the budget. That’s not the right way to put it.



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