Skip to comments.GOP lawmakers blame Obama administration over failed missile tests
Posted on 07/12/2013 8:27:52 PM PDT by Red Steel
Four high-ranking Republican lawmakers criticized the Obama administration on Friday for three failed tests of the country's missile-defense system, saying budget cuts and neglect are to blame.
Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., along with Reps. Howard Buck McKeon, R-Calif., and Mike Rogers, R-Ala., sent Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel a letter faulting President Obama for allegedly gambling with national security by cutting funding to the program. They claim this hampered the ability to conduct vital tests needed to make sure the "ground-based midcourse defense system" (GMD) worked properly and conduct regular maintenance.
The last successful GMD intercept test was in 2008. Since then, there have only been three attempted intercept tests and two flight tests -- the most recent of which was in January, and was successful. All of the intercept tests, however, tanked. The latest failed test was last Friday.
While it may take some time to reach a final diagnosis of the cause of the July 5th test failure, it is already clear that President Obamas decision to drastically cut funding for the GMD program since he came to office and to curtail additional GMD development has drained funding available to conduct needed tests of this system, the letter from the lawmakers said.
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No surprises here...........
There is nothing this clown won’t do to destroy this nation.
The GOP is as much to blame for these type of cuts as Obama is.
They passed the sequester which hit military and then they were completely unwilling to craft a House bill with sensible alternative military cuts to those sequester cuts.
Then spent all last year claiming they would repeal their big achievement by cutting Dem pork instead of it if Romney won.(great plan not a chance of success)
Besides, until a country launches a missile at the US or US assets few will give a crap about this, nor will any of these systems have to(or will) work.
Thanks Red Steel. Zero is the enemy.
Post of the year.
I was extremely critical of that sequester bill since passage and Ryan's dishonesty in it, in fact :
Ryan lied about his role in it up till last years election claiming he opposed that bill when he on camera praised it after his yes vote, posted on youtube and played on cable.
Military spending needs reforming especially in light of US shifted priorities since 9/11, but the GOP did NOTHING since passage of that bill, a bill that cuts almost blindly.