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State of the Union Address: National Security

State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama presented the 2010 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM EST. Also in attendance with President Obama were Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Republican Governor Bob McDonnell from Virginia delivered the GOP response to the State of the Union Address. The Heritage Foundation will be providing information about the 2010 State of the Union Address and our response throughout the evening on our blog, The Foundry and on our Facebook page.

An important issue to which the President gave short shrift in his address is national security. Heritage has long advocated policies that promote a strong national defense. Below are some recent questions and responses from Heritage about these issues.

What Did Heritage Experts Think of the State of the Union Address?

More than 40 minutes into his State of the Union speech, Obama mentioned terrorism. If you werent listening carefully, you might have missed it. It was all about 10 sentences.

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What Is the Real State of Our Union?

The past 12 months have seen our country head down a dangerous course, and The Heritage Foundation can only hope that the President will use this time of reflection, coming on the heels of a stunning electoral loss, to change direction.

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Was the Attempted Terrorist Attack on the Detroit-bound plane an Isolated Incident?

It is tempting to look at Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s foiled attack on a Detroit-bound airplane as an isolated incident, but the frightening fact is that the Nigerian suspect is far from alone. Since 2001, there have been 28 failed terrorist attacks against the United States. That averages about three foiled attempts per year. But in 2009, there were six failed attempts–the most in one year. The fact that six attacks were foiled is a cold comfort. In stopping the twenty-eighth, America just got lucky. The plan of attack on the Detroit-bound plane didn’t work and the passengers and crew stopped the assailant.

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How Should America Proceed in Afghanistan?

General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, issued a report to The White House on August 30, 2009 that he needs more resources and troops to win the war in Afghanistan. But President Obama has yet to make a decision on this new strategy, despite his support for a surge earlier this year. It is critical that the White House make a decision on how to move forward in Afghanistan, and that the decision be one that supports a winning strategy.

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What are Obama’s Misplaced Priorities on Defense?

It seems President Obama does not have his foreign policy priorities in order. He has consistently under-funded defense while drastically increasing spending in other areas, broken promises to our allies while trying to negotiate with our enemies, delayed decisions concerning our nation’s defense at critical times, and negotiated away key defensive and good-government measures without receiving concessions in return.

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Missile Defense and Our Economy

President Obama announced on Thursday that the U.S. is pulling out of plans to build a missile defense radar on Czech territory. The Heritage Foundation has released a documentary on the urgent call to protect America called 33 Minutes, the amount of time it would take a ballistic missile to reach and obliterate a U.S. city from Iran.

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Defense Spending When It Matters

Our leaders are cutting back on defense, even in the midst of a war in Afghanistan and ongoing terrorist threats. Protecting our nation is one of the few jobs specifically assigned to the federal government by the Constitution, yet Washington is too busy spending billions on car companies and bank bailouts to prioritize our men and women in uniform.

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