While the Carter administration foreign policy slides from crisis to crisis, the White House tries to rewrite history by blaming previous Republican administrations for current Carter weaknesses and failures . . . . On Jan. 15, [Zbigniew] Brzezinski . . . said in an interview . . ., "After eight years of sustained Republican neglect for the requirements of defense, the president reversed the trend and in three successive years increased defense spending." The truth is [that] the Ford administration . . . reversed the downward trend in defense spending, despite annual reductions by a Democratic majority in the U.S. Congress . . . .
The record shows President Carter in the 1976 presidential campaign promised to reduce defense spending by $7 billion. Unfortunately, he live up to those naive promises . . . . The Carter administration reduced my proposed defense budgets for 1979 through 1980 (a six-year period) by $57 billion . . . . Carter slashed our strategic program $24 billion, general purpose forces were cut $25 billion and reseach and development was reduced by $10 billion . . . .
The Ford administration approved a plan to deploy the MX missile by FY1984. Tragically, the Carter administration held back on the MX. Consequently, its deployment date will be delayed at least four years . . . .
President Carter in 1977 cancelled the B1 bomber program . . . with no replacement . . . . The Trident submarine procurement under Carter was cut back and the initial operational deployment was delayed by two years . . . .
Al Smith used to say, "Let's look at the record." In this case, the facts expose the Carter White House to a partisan distortion of history.