Washington Times Blog: Joe Biden says America needs more drones, Gary Johnson says “the war stops here”Submitted by legalizeliberty on Sat, 10/13/2012 - 09:13
WASHINGTON D.C., October 12, 2012 — An interesting revelation of the Obama Administration’s view of national defense came up during yesterday’s vice presidential debate. Concerned about America’s conventional counterforce credibility, Paul Ryan said “Look, do we believe in peace through strength? You bet we do. And that means you don’t impose these devastating cuts on our military. So we’re saying don’t cut the military by a trillion dollars – not increase it by a trillion – don’t cut it by a trillion dollars.”
After a few seconds of heated exchange between the two candidates, Biden invoked the Pentagon and said, “look, the military says we need a smaller, leaner Army. We need more special forces. We need … we don’t need more M1 tanks, what we need is more UAVs.”
“Some of the military,” Martha Raddatz interrupted, aptly and cautiously suggesting Biden’s characterization might not have been inclusive of all of the services. “I know that’s –”
Biden defensively cut Raddatz off in mid-sentence. “Not some of the military,” he insisted, gripping a pen and wagging it tensely, “that was the decision of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recommended to us and agreed to by the president. That’s a fact.”
Viewers of the debate not familiar with common military lexicon might have completely missed the implications of what a skilled politician like Joe Biden had just said. Notice he said “what we need is more UAVs” – that is Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, more popularly known as drones to the general public.