By Bernie on 21 May 2012
We all have read that President Obama has promised to veto (1) the $642 billion 2013 defense authorization bill because it's almost 1% more than he wants to spend on national security.
Some of us may be confused over this since just last January the President told us to expect the military budget to grow (2) because "... we have global responsibilities that demand our leadership."
The truth is that our President has been holding secret the plans for defense that were only just recently revealed to Planck's Constant telling us why he doesn't think we need to spend too much money for defense: at a press conference when we asked President Obama what he intended to do about defense, he replied: "I'm going to paint de fence de same colour as de house."
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I hope that clears it up for everyone.
Source: an Internet email.
Navy Times, 16 May 2012, Obama threatens to veto defense spending bill
The administration signaled last week that it would not support a budget that is $4 billion over the president’s request and $8 billion over the spending caps set last fall by the bipartisan Budget Control Act of 2011.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., the Armed Services Committee chairman, had a terse exchange of statements last week, with Panetta claiming the extra money would actually hurt the military by making it more likely that Congress and the White House will be unable to avoid across-the-board budget cuts in January that could reduce the 2013 defense budget by $55 billion or more.
The White House, 5 Jan 2012, Remarks by the President on the Defense Strategic Review
Over the next 10 years, the growth in the defense budget will slow, but the fact of the matter is this: It will still grow, because we have global responsibilities that demand our leadership. In fact, the defense budget will still be larger than it was toward the end of the Bush administration. And I firmly believe, and I think the American people understand, that we can keep our military strong and our nation secure with a defense budget that continues to be larger than roughly the next 10 countries combined.
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