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Friday, June 25, 2010

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs: National Debt Trumps All As #1 Threat to America

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mullen, recently opined about what he thought was the greatest risk to national security. Is it Iran, Bin Laden, carbon dioxide…? No, it’s the spendapalooza going on in Washington over the past decade:

This is on-point analysis from the COJC. Ed Morrissey breaks it down even further as to why the national debt and ever-increasing deficit spending trumps all as the #1 threat to the future of the United States:

We are rapidly approaching the point at which we can no longer fund a robust defense system for the US and the Western world. Our ability to maintain forward strategies to engage and destroy terrorist networks will disappear, but not before we have to scale back our military presence around the world. We have overspent for decades across the board, and the interest payments on the national debt alone will cost us more than our defense systems — on top of which the heavy burden of unfunded entitlement liabilities will start cresting as the Baby Boomers enter retirement. Steve Eggleston updates us on the quickening slide of Social Security into the red, just to remind us of that fact.

I agree. It is imperative that we get the DC spending spree. If we don’t, we won’t have the money to do anything much less protect this country from terrorists, Social Security, or even just filling potholes on the streets.

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