The first 100 days of President Obama

The 1990’s aaahhh the internet, fat 401k’s and grunge. FOr those who worked for on inside the Department of Defense the 90’s bring back something else:

But the decade of the 90s had a dark side–and we’re not referring to Clinton’s cigar and that infamous stained dress. In an effort to keep his poll numbers high (and secure re-election), President Clinton put off a number of key decisions, setting the stage for debacles that followed.

In terms of national security, Bill Clinton is remembered, most infamously, for ignoring the rising threat of Islamic fundamentalism. Despite a series of attacks at home and abroad, he refused to response decisively, encouraging terrorists to up the ante and execute the 9/11 attacks.

But there’s another element of the Clinton legacy (and the 1990s) that often goes ignored. We refer to the so-called “procurement holiday” that gripped the Pentagon during that decade. Critical decisions on major weapons programs were postponed or shelved, forcing the Pentagon to extend the service lives of existing systems.

As Clinton fiddled while the sub prime loans and Islamic militancy burned, the U.S. military started to age. Not with grace, but with rust and fatigue. It was not uncommon for two aircraft to be canalized to get a third in the air. THAAD, F-35, F-22, FCS and other programs came under Clinton’s watch but he slowed their development. Sound Familiar?

Prices went up, fewer systems were bought. F-22’s for instance, went from 750 to 183. F-15’s have started to break up in flight due to the stress on the metal. A-10’s just had a wing inspection on the fleet.

Don’t blame just the Pentagon. Old systems are kept under the illusion that they “save” money. A popular brain bug that infests the left. As systems age they become more expensive. They lose capabilities. They require parts whose stocks dwindle.
He promised to expand ground forces, but that costs money.

Pulling troops out of Iraq to quick is suicide (even the pro-Obama media had to admit that one). Cuts in weapons systems are like a payday loan. Money now, misery later.

What I fear is that Obama may turn into Clinton re-dux:

Transition advisers to President-elect Barack Obama have compiled a list of about 200 Bush administration actions and executive orders that could be swiftly undone to reverse White House policies on climate change, stem cell research, reproductive rights and other issues, according to congressional Democrats, campaign aides and experts working with the transition team.

Clinton was so focused on undoing George H.W. Bush’s administration that he missed the WTC bombing of 1993 and the disaster of Balckhawk down.

Another “procurement” holiday may be the wet dream of the left, but it’s disaster for the rest of us.

So how will Pres. Obama do in the first 100 days?

One Response to “The first 100 days of President Obama”

  1. […] Chockblock’s blog wrote a fantastic post today on “The first 100 days of President Obama”Here’s ONLY a quick extractCuts in weapons systems are like a payday loan. Money now, misery later…. […]

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