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April 12, 2010


Much of Fleming's comment is factual. Obama is reducing military spending, with the approval of most Dems I know. Obama's actions are intentional. That is, he knows what amount of spending he's calling for.

My complaint with Fleming's comment is the placement of the word "undermining". From Fleming's POV the President's policies undermine our national defence, but, as Fleming acknowledges, Obama may feel that his military cuts are best for our security. So, it's fair to say that Obama is intentionally weakening our military, but it's unfair to say he's intentionally undermining our national defense.

I don't think it's fair to use the term "weakening" on the face of it. If a case is made that spending is wasteful, redundant, or ineffective, for instance, I don't think spending cuts equate to weakening. You might just as easily use "honing" or "streamlining."

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