In Russia, Obama made the sort of dreamy-eyed statement people love to quote but is so thoroughly disconnected from reality as to be laughable. Predictably, Time picked the quote up as one of their “quotes of the day.”
The future does not belong to those who gather armies on a field of battle or bury missiles in the ground.
That’s a nice thought, and it jives with Obama’s earlier naive comments about abolishing nuclear weapons altogether, but history simply doesn’t bear it out. Obama seems to buy in – hook, line and sinker – to the idea that America has enemies because America is too aggressive in defending itself with a big military and stockpiles of weapons.
But the simple reality is America doesn’t have enemies because we’ve got a big military and stockpiles of weapons. We have those things because we have enemies. Now I won’t pretend that our nation has always treated others in the international community fairly and equitably. Our political leaders are not, nor have they ever been, candidates for sainthood. But generally we are a force for good in the world, and for the most part our enemies are our enemies because we stand in the way of their tyranny.
Disarming ourselves won’t bring us closer to this utopian vision of world peace Obama and so many others seem to hold dear. It will simply make us more vulnerable to our enemies.
I’m all for cutting military spending we don’t need, but if that’s what we’re going to do let’s do it in the name of becoming more efficient. Not under the auspices of some baloney about world peace.