On May 23, President Barack Obama told more than 1,000 jubilant, uniform-prepped-and-polished graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy that the world has a "new feeling about America." He declared: "I see it everywhere I go, from London and Prague to Tokyo and Seoul to Rio and Jakarta. There's a new confidence in our leadership." If only it were true.
Obama boasted, "We can say with confidence and pride: The United States is stronger, safer and more respected in the world."
"Stronger, safer and more respected"?
"Stronger," as in Obama's plan to initiate more than $500 billion in
automatic cuts to the defense budget over a decade, starting next
January. Bloomberg Businessweek reported that the Democratic-controlled
May 24 to authorize another reduced spending package for
"Safer," as in the report card from the Bipartisan Policy Center,
including many of the original 9/11 Commission members, which reported
on national preparedness 10 years after those catastrophic terrorist
attacks: "Our country is undoubtedly safer and more secure than it was a
decade ago," but "we fail to achieve the security we could or should
have." The report concluded that the federal government has failed to
meet nine of the 9/11 Commission's 41 recommendations.