Posted on 09 January 2013.
BILL O'REILLY: Why does the president want to downsize the Pentagon, the defense department? Why does he want to do that?
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Because Obama has this ideological vision of America as a super power too big for its britches. And it's a power that is thrown itself around the world. He talked about it in his initial tour of the world. And that it does not sort of have the moral standing to be the great power it was, intervening as it was, choosing where and when. And he wants to cut it down to size.
Now, this is a view that is not that extreme. There are many people who don't want to see America have to bear the burdens that it has to have had to bear since the end of the Cold War, when it became the lone great power in the world. And I think he's quite prepared to do that and he's quite prepared to see a military that is diminished and downsized to meet the new diminished and downsized world of the U.S. in the world.
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