"We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
World Net Daily's Joseph Farah endeavored at the time to learn from the Obama campaign what exactly Obama had in mind. "Are we talking about creating a police state here?," Farah asked. Farah noted that such initiatives had been undertaken in Cuba, the Soviet Union, China, North Korea and Venezuela but not free countries like the U.S. Farah later followed up in August on his original column and made a stunning claim about the origins of Obama's secret $439 billion civilian national security force. Farah wrote on August 21:
Enough of the mystery – let me tell you who this high-level Bush administration Cabinet officer is and why he will remain in his powerful position no matter who Americans send to the White House in 2009.
His name is Robert Gates, and he is the defense secretary.
Are you shocked?
Farah's prediction in August began to make a whole lot more sense when the Washington Post reported today that the U.S. military plans to deploy "20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials." The Post reports, "Last Monday, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates ordered defense officials to review whether the military, Guard and reserves can respond adequately to domestic disasters." "Gates gave commanders 25 days to propose changes and cost estimates." "He cited the work of a congressionally chartered commission, which concluded in January that the Guard and reserve forces are not ready and that they lack equipment and training."
The silence from the Left is deafening. The One has just announced that an old CIA hand, a veteran of the Iran-Contra scandal no less, close friend of the Bushes, supporter of "waterboarding" during interrogations of enemy prisoners and a key player in the administration which launched the Iraq War will stay on in his administration as the top civilian defense official. The left-leaning Talking Points Memo described Gates as a "heavy-hitter." "The message is that only the best will do; previous rivalries or petty subplots generated in the press as a result of his picks be damned." This is the same blog which ascribed bad faith motives and conspiracies to almost every single action taken by the Bush administration the past eight years. How the world has changed.