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Barack Obama's $439 billion secret
Posted By Joseph Farah On 07/20/2008 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
We don’t know any more about this plan than we did when Obama announced it July 2 in a speech, with the relevant part covered by almost no media with the exception of the Chicago Tribune and Congressional Quarterly.
Thanks, however, to talk radio and legions of bloggers, Obama’s chilling call to create a “civilian national security force” with a price tag equaling that of the Defense Department is beginning to get more attention.
It was in the context of announcing a plan to expand rapidly and dramatically the size of the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps that Obama dropped this bombshell: “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.”
A few have suggested, I am making too much of a benign proposal by Obama – one that merely calls for a greatly increased commitment to the Foreign Service.
If so, why is it that the Obama campaign has gone mum on this proposal? Why is it that operatives keep promising us clarification that is never forthcoming? And, furthermore, is an expansion of the Foreign Service to the size of the $439 billion Defense Department (in 2007 dollars) really such an innocent idea?
There are many other questions raised by this nebulous proposal:
With all the attention focused on Barack Obama and all the inane questions asked of him by reporters, I find it almost inexplicable that no one has been able to pin him down on his own words uttered 19 days ago. If you doubt that I am quoting him accurately, you can check for yourself:
You can watch a YouTube video of the speech itself:
Or you can read a transcript of the speech made available here for the first time to Internet users.
Once again, I am renewing my call for help.
I have done my best to bring attention to this curious and alarming Obama initiative.
I fully expect the Obama campaign to continue to stonewall my efforts and those of my news organization to get clarification on his remarks.
The only thing that will force Obama to come clean on this plan is public pressure.
I urge you to e-mail this column to everyone you know who might care about the grave constitutional and taxation implications it raises. And I urge my friends in talk radio and my colleagues in the press to talk about this, ask the tough questions and demand that Obama address the issues raised by his own initiative.
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