In a contemptible move, President Obama threatens to veto the defense authorization bill if Republicans do not close Guantanamo Bay.
On Monday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained that the House funding bill would be vetoed “principally because of the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities, but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison at Guantanamo Bay.” He added that Democrats would sustain Obama’s veto, and defense authorization would die.
Obama’s strong stand on Gitmo emphasizes two vital points. First, Obama has no fear of defunding America’s national security. And second, Obama does not fear Republicans in Congress, and for good reason, they are all RINOs.
The fact that Obama is willing to drastically cut America’s military funding at such a crucial time, with Russia taking over Ukraine and Syria, and Iran gearing up for a big regional military push, and China continues its aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, once again demonstrates Obama’s top priority is doing leftist work, and not protecting the United States.
Earnest stated, “The current version that was passed through the House of Representatives is something that the president would veto principally because of this — of the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities, but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison at Guantánamo Bay,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. “So our position on this hasn’t changed. We continue to feel strongly about it.”
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been authorized for five decades running. The current NDAA fully funds the military through a workaround measure, thanks to President Obama’s demands that a huge chunk of sequestration cuts come from defense funding. Now Democrats complain that the workaround measure isn’t good enough: Republicans should bust open the bank again.
The fact that Obama would be willing to dramatically cut America’s military funding, even as Russia takes over Ukraine and Syria, as Iran gears up for a big regional military push, as China continuing its aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, demonstrates Obama’s top priority is doing leftist work, not protecting the United States.
According to Roll Call, McCain “has said the White House promised him a plan to close the prison, but has yet to present one. Without that, he has said he wouldn’t be able to find the votes to do what the White House wants.”
Now, normally, Obama’s nasty priorities would pose little threat to military funding: after all, Obama would be stymied by Republicans in Congress. And Obama has threatened to veto the NDAA before over Guantanamo; each time, Congress has called Obama’s bluff, and he has signed the bill into law.
McCain floor statement on National Defense Authorization Act.
Josh Earnest, Obama Will Veto Defense Authorization Bill.
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