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Krauthammer’s Take: Obama ‘Robbing the Military to Inflate the Entitlement State’

The United States will “pay a high price” under the Obama administration’s plans to draw down the army by nearly 70,000 soldiers, and it’s all part of the president’s effort to fulfill his ideological goals, Charles Krauthammer warned on Friday’s Special Report.

He compared President Obama’s approach to that of European governments’ shifting resources from their militaries to social welfare after World War II. The key difference now, he said, is that the U.S. won’t have an ally with the capacity to defend them as those European states have relied on the American military in recent decades.

“It’s robbing the military to inflate the entitlement state,” said Krauthammer. “Europe had us behind them in the last 50 years when it had no military; there’s nobody to back us up if we strip our military and neuter it as we do now.”

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