The fall of America

Monday, January 3, 2011
By Paul Martin

Bush and Obama have more in common than they think

By Jeffrey T. Kuhner
The Washington Times

With 2010 drawing to a close, the American moment is ending not with a bang but a whimper. The 2000s will be remembered as the era of American decline.

Instead of trying to reverse this, Washington is hastening it. The lame-duck Congress, with help from Republicans, passed President Obama’s tax deal, which adds nearly another trillion to the debt. It is a massive stimulus in disguise – with no offsetting spending cuts.

Moreover, Mr. Obama – again with GOP help – succeeded in getting “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) repealed, enabling homosexuals to serve openly in the military. This is one of the most revolutionary and damaging acts ever done to a core American institution. It will decimate the greatest fighting force on earth, undermining unit cohesion, morale and discipline – the lifeblood of a successful military. It is an act of national suicide.

This will add another layer of difficulty to our already inconclusive wars. Consider that the last time the United States won a major war was 1945 – Korea was a stalemate, Vietnam a defeat; the first Gulf War failed to topple Saddam Hussein; Afghanistan and Iraq have become prolonged quagmires. Total victory has become alien to us.

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