In Barak Obama’s July 2nd speech in Colorado Springs he put forth his ideas about defending the country not with military force (which he would scale back) but with “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”
The full quote about downsizing the military and creating some kind of super militia:
We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
Here’s why this strikes me: I’m a civilian. I’m very interested in national defense. I’d be willing to contribute my time to such an endeavor. But here’s the problem: no matter how well funded I am I can never be as good at protecting my country as the lowest ranking member of the military could. Why? Time. I have a job that I work 40 hours per week. I also pastor a church. Furthermore, I have obligations that keep me tied up personally and socially. I simply don’t have the time to be trained nor posted in service to our country.
Now, on the other hand, the brave men and women of the U.S. military spend their entire productive week (at least 40 hours, often many hours over that number) training, studying, and practicing how to do the things necessary to defend this country.
So you tell me – how can a civilian group with necessarily limited time to train, drill, and study be anywhere close to as “strong” as the United States Military? Furthermore, why in the world would we downsize the military to create a civilian group that does what the military is already doing?
Perhaps Obama realizes the absurdity of what he proposed; those comments have mysteriously vanished from the transcript of his speech published by his campaign on The Wall Street Journal and Denver Post.
Apparently the campaign scribes aren’t very accurate transcriptionists. Good thing we have the ability to record and save both video and audio from the speech. You can see it here around the 16 minute mark:
Quite simply the idea is ludicrous, both because it would require such an incredible amount of resources to implement and that even if it were implemented it would be necessarily of such lesser quality than what it replaces that it is an entire waste of time. The bottom line here is that Obama doesn’t know what he’s talking about and continues to demonstrate he simply isn’t able to serve this country well in the Executive Office.