GOP Rep: Obama Cutting Pentagon Budget, Trying To Charm Enemies Instead

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Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) came forward yesterday with one of the strangest critiques of the defense budget proposal thus far.

While President Obama’s short changing of America’s Armed Forces is deeply disappointing, it is – unfortunately – not a surprise. Throughout his campaign and during his short tenure as President, he has made it clear that he believes his charm and eloquence are adequate substitutes for a strong military. That will not work. Whether President Obama knows it or not, President Bush’s foreign enemies were also America’s enemies. He cannot charm them out of their opposition to our country. The cuts announced today, however, take that naivete to a dangerous new level. I intend to do everything I can to make sure they do not actually occur.

Obama has returned from his trip to Europe and Iraq now, but only in the last several hours. Time was that Republicans thought it unacceptable to criticize a president on foreign policy issues when he’s out of the country.

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