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Who are you, and what have you done with George Will?

I was pleasantly surprised by an editorial by conservative George Will condemning Republicans for saying that Obama is weak on defense. By George, Will wonders never cease!

Here are two quotes from it, but the whole thing is short and definitely worth a read.

The U.S. defense budget is about 43 percent of the world’s total military spending — more than the combined defense spending of the next 17 nations, many of which are U.S. allies. Are Republicans really going to warn voters that America will be imperiled if the defense budget is cut 8 percent from projections over the next decade? In 2017, defense spending would still be more than that of the next 10 countries combined.

Osama bin Laden and many other “high-value targets” are dead, the drone war is being waged more vigorously than ever, and Guantanamo is still open, so Republicans can hardly say that Obama has implemented dramatic and dangerous discontinuities regarding counterterrorism. Obama says that, even with his proposed cuts, the defense budget would increase at about the rate of inflation through the next decade. Republicans who think America is being endangered by “appeasement” and military parsimony have worked that pedal on their organ quite enough.



  1. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    Let us all join hands and hope that this A.O.R. syndrome (Acknowledgment Of Reality) is highly contagious and immutable.

    Friday, February 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Permalink
  2. That pun…. *groan*

    Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 4:03 am | Permalink
  3. Max wrote:

    I’m disappointed that he didn’t use the phrase “erogenous zone”.

    Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 4:41 am | Permalink
  4. ebdoug wrote:

    He implied “erogenous zone”

    Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 7:23 am | Permalink
  5. Iron Knee wrote:

    Heh, heh, he said “organ”!

    For those who have no idea what they are talking about —

    He sure stroked my erogenous zones!

    Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink
  6. Hassan wrote:

    Yes Obama is best republican president in recent history, his records on wars and civil liberties speak volumes

    Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 7:58 am | Permalink