Will the US deploy forces sufficient to meet threats?....
As Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing unfolds today, what issues should be raised, beyond those already raised as to Hagel's own fitness (or lack of same) to serve as Secretary of Defense?
Overall Security Posture. Michael Ledeen tells Ginni Thomas (17:54) why US policy is in a shambles: (a) we fail to integrate the global Islamist threat; (b) we fail to punish our enemies sufficiently to cow adversaries; (c) Obama's world view sees US power & policy as the problem, not the solution, and hence America is in worldwide retreat; (d) Obama is slashing the military budget. Illustrating Obama's perverse worldview (& Hillary's too) is "O" telling "60 Minutes" on Sunday that the Islamist Morsi regime in Egypt is an example of his leadership. One day later the US closed its embassy due to turmoil in Cairo. The crackdown may have been partly induced by Team Obama's F-16 shipment last week, which signaled Morsi that the US regards him as an ally. In the emerging struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood regime and secular Egyptian youth, in which the regime may well unravel, whose side will Hagel take? A Foreign Policy article punctures Western illusions about Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood--all eagerly embraced by Team Obama.
For its part, Israel has had close military cooperation with US re military technology under Hagel's predecessors, such as the new "David's Sling" system. Will Hagel support this? Does Hagel understand that Israel's recent election turned on domestic issues (economy, obligations of Orthodox Jews) and not on foreign affairs? Jennifer Rubin eviscerates a 2009 Hagel Mideast speech that shows a nominee simply wrong on everything--facts, judgments, quixotic goals--re the Mideast. And what might Hagel say of Israel's Wednesday strike destroying Russian SA-17 missiles (and, say Syrian rebels, a chemical weapons research center as well)? The SA-17 is deadly against low-flying high-end jets, and were taken before Syria could activate them.
Former senior official John Bolton aptly summarizes Obama's feckless national security policies & what likely lies ahead, in a recent interview: