From Trevor Loudon:
July 20, 2011
The “respectable” US left is calling for huge defense cuts – something predicted in late 2008 by former Weather Underground terrorist leader Mark Rudd.
In 2006/2007, Mark Rudd worked closely with his old comrades Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, in a new organization Movement for a Democratic Society. Ayers and Dohrn, of course, were both close friends of Barack Obama, who they met through their participation in the Chicago far left. In 2008, Movement for a Democratic Society beg at Progressives for Obama, which Mark Rudd endorsed.
Mark Rudd posted an article on the Movement for a Democratic Society aligned The Rag Blog, November 27 2008, just after the election, when many “progressives” were alarmed at some of Obama’s “moderate” appointments.
Rudd’s purpose was to calm his wavering radical friends. To assure them that Obama was on their side, but must work tactically to achieve his radical goals.
If you’re anything like me, your inbox fills up daily with the cries and complaints of lefties. Just the mere mention of the names Hillary Clinton and Lawrence Summers alone conjure up a litany of horrendous right-wingers appointed to top level positions.
Betrayal is the name of the game. But wait a second. Let’s talk about a few things:
Obama is a very strategic thinker. He knew precisely what it would take to get elected and didn’t blow it… But he also knew that what he said had to basically play to the center to not be run over by the press, the Republicans, scare centrist and cross-over voters away. He made it.
So he has a narrow mandate for change, without any direction specified. What he’s doing now is moving on the most popular issues — the environment, health care, and the economy. He’ll be progressive on the environment because that has broad popular support; health care will be extended to children, then made universal, but the medical, pharmaceutical, and insurance corporations will stay in place… the economic agenda will stress stimulation from the bottom sometimes and handouts to the top at other times. It will be pragmatic… On foreign policy and the wars and the use of the military there will be no change at all. That’s what keeping Gates at the Pentagon and Clinton at State and not prosecuting the torturers is saying.
And never, never threaten the military budget. That will unite a huge majority of congress against him.
And I agree with this strategy. Anything else will court sure defeat. Move on the stuff you can to a small but significant extent, gain support and confidence. Leave the military alone because they’re way too powerful. For now, until enough momentum is raised. By the second or third year of this recession, when stimulus is needed at the bottom, people may begin to discuss cutting the military budget if security is being increased through diplomacy and application of nascent international law. Obama plays basketball. I’m not much of an athlete, barely know the game, but one thing I do know is that you have to be able to look like you’re doing one thing but do another. That’s why all these conservative appointments are important: the strategy is feint to the right, move left. Any other strategy invites sure defeat. It would be stupid to do otherwise in this environment.
Look to the second level appointments. There’s a whole govt. in waiting that Podesta has at the Center for American Progress. They’re mostly progressives, I’m told (except in military and foreign policy).
How prescient was Mark Rudd? Was he psychic, or did he simply have insight into a plan long mapped out by America’s enemies?
Three years into a recession, far leftist budget expert Leon Panetta is appointed Secretary of Defense.
John Podesta’s Center for American Progress is calling for one trillion dollars worth of defense cuts. C.A.P’s Lawrence Korb has prepared a long shopping list of defense items he wants to go on the chopping block.
Barney Frank, the Massachusetts congressman whose far left ties earned the attention of the FBI, has echoed the call.
From the Washington Times:
The political left is pressing the White House and Congress to inflict a wave of Pentagon budget cuts not seen since the post-Cold War 1990s.
Liberals are citing the debt crisis and troop drawdowns from Iraq and Afghanistan to argue that now is the time for the Defense Department to shed people, missions and weapons after a decade of doubling arms spending after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The proposals, including one from the Center for America Progress, go well beyond President Obama’s call in April for $400 billion in defense cuts over 12 years. The center — run by John Podesta, who served as chief of staff to President Clinton — wants that much in reductions over the next three years and $1 trillion from what had been projected increases over the next decade.
Some House Democrats, led by Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, also have called for $1 trillion in cuts.
“I think this is the time because of a combination of the deficit and the changing way in which we’re going to deal with threats from groups like al Qaeda,” said American Progress’ Lawrence Korb, a longtime defense analyst in Washington.
Mr. Korb said the Obama administration has dumped President George W. Bush’s overall war strategy of preemptive attacks against terrorist states, and he cited just-retired Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ warning against any future land wars in the Middle East.
The bottom line is that the center wants projected increases ended and the overall arms budget reduced to $500 billion by 2016, which would be $111 billion below the Pentagon’s already pared-down projection…
The Center for American Progress also proposes a list of weapons terminations and troop cutbacks.
The number of V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft would be stopped at about 150. The next-generation workhorse jet fighter, the F-35 — which is mired in big cost overruns — would be bought only for the Air Force, not the Navy or Marine Corps.
The Navy’s 11 carriers — a key way America projects immediate air power overseas — would be trimmed to nine, and with it other surface ships. A full third of 150,000 troops in Europe and Asia would be ordered home.
“You may not be able to keep as many carriers forward-deployed,” said Mr. Korb. “You would have to surge them, but I don’t see any missions you could not do.”
However, reducing the number of active carriers to nine means only three typically would be deployed at one time, possibly leaving the Pacific without a surface ship strike force.
“If the Chinese are going to threaten Taiwan, they’re going to do it with short-legged stuff, short-range ballistic missiles, right from shore,” Mr. Korb said. “We can’t do it that way. If the threat were Mexico, not to worry. We build diesel submarines and short-range fighters, and we’d call it a day…”
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who proved a hawkish director of the CIA, vowed to Congress that he would not let the military go hollow as it did in the late 1970s.
On July 8, he urged the White House and Congress to base cuts on a strategy. He expressed his concern about negotiators who would “just pick a number and throw it at the Defense Department without really looking at policy, without looking at what makes sense.”
America’s many enemies, from the United Nations, to Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, have long wanted to gut America’s military capabilities.
They may now be on the verge of success.
If they do succeed, American 5th columnists in the US Congress and organizations like Center for American Progress, can rightly take a big share of the credit.
Mark Rudd has warned us of the plan.
Should we not listen?
UPCOMING WEATHER UNDERGROUND MOVIE TO SHOW ‘REAL AMERICANS WHO STOOD FOR THEIR BELIEFS’
By Buck Sexton
July 20, 2011
Deadline is reporting that Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf have been cast to star in the political thriller, “The Company You Keep,” based on the Neil Gordon novel about the domestic terrorist group called the Weather Underground
“The Company You Keep” tells the story of a 30 year long FBI manhunt for a Weather Underground terrorist, to be played by Redford, who must evade law enforcement after his identity is outed by an ambitious reporter (LaBeouf).
The producers may have already given a peek at the politics behind the film. Voltage producer Nicolas Chartier, who has teamed up with Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises production company for the project, said of the movie that:
“This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller about real Americans who stood for their beliefs, thinking they were patriots and defending their country’s ideals against their government.”
But does the Weather Underground really represent “real Americans” who thought they were patriots?
The WU terrorist movement Redford and the movie will depict tried to ‘bring the war home’ to America, and likely would have killed scores of Americans had it not been for their ineptitude in carrying out terrorist bombings.
Some of the WU terrorist group’s most prominent members remain belligerent and unrepentant to this day. Blaze coverage of WU co-founder Bernadine Dohrn calling conservatives ‘Racist, Armed, And Hostile,’ can be viewed here. Likewise, Dohrn’s husband and WU co-founder Bill Ayers has unabashedly said that he still does not denounce WU violence. There is also this video (uploaded previously to the Blaze) of Ayers in which he claims the Pentagon is a ‘terror organization’:
“When you have right on your side you can do some horrific things”
**Connection of Michelle Obama and Bernadine Dohrn = Sidley Austin in Chicago.**
Bernadine Dohrn worked at the same law firm as Michelle Obama (Sidley Austin).
Bill Ayers and Valerie Jarrett’s mother are friends.
Valerie Jarrett’s mother, Barbara Taylor Bowman, co-founded the Erickson Institute in Chicago and still serves on its Board of Trustees. Tom Ayers, the father of Bill Ayers, was a one-time fellow trustee of the Institute.According to WorldNet Daily’s Brad O’Leary, the Erickson board also included Bill Ayers’ wife, Bernadine Dohrn. For his part, Bill Ayers called Bowman “a neighbor and friend” in his 1997 book A Kind and Just Parent, noting that his neighbors also included Louis Farrakhan and “writer Barack Obama.”
Investigations are in process of whether Bill Ayers either wrote or edited Obama’s book; Dreams From my Fatherand possibly The Audacity of Hope.
Cashill, who acquired a copy of Andersen’s new book today, told WND the author “lays out the scenario just as I envisioned it.”
Andersen, in “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of a Marriage,“ writes that Obama was faced with a deadline with the Times Books division of Random House to submit his manuscript after already having canceled a contract with Simon & Schuster. Confronted with the threat of a second failure, his wife, Michelle, suggested he seek the help of “his friend and Hyde Park neighbor Bill Ayers.”
Obama had taped interviews with relatives to flesh out his family history, and those “oral histories, along with a partial manuscript and a truckload of notes, were given to Ayers,” writes Andersen.
The author quotes a neighbor in the Hyde Park area of Chicago where Obama and Ayers lived, who says of the two, “Everyone knew they were friends and that they worked on various projects together.”
“It was no secret. Why would it be? People liked them both,” the neighbor said, according to Andersen.