Wednesday, November 23, 2011


by Leslie Lebl

I know that President Obama wants to shore up his base and that such a calculation probably contributed to his threat to veto any legislation undoing the defense cuts that resulted when the Super Committee failed to reach agreement. But does Obama really intend to use that position in next year's campaign?

I can see it now: "Vote for me if you want the U.S. military to undergo drastic cuts in wartime - cuts that even my defense secretary describes as devastating." And that will appeal to independents? Swing voters? Not so much is my guess.

1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately, I think most people falsely believe defense spending constitutes an oversized portion of our overall budget. So, if they hear of cuts to that budget, they will most likely just shrug, especially given the fact that support for the wars is probably not all that high. And the president knows that.