Foreign Affairs, National Security, Terrorism

Obama Is Willing to Put Our National Security at Risk With a Veto

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Justin Johnson / / / The Daily Signal

The Russians are bombing CIA-backed rebels in Syria and continuing to hold parts of Ukraine. ISIS continues to spread in the Middle East and inspire attacks around the world. Iran is receiving hundreds of billions in sanctions relief, some of which will likely go to destabilizing the Middle East. China is building illegal islands in the South China Sea. Hundreds of thousands of refugees are streaming across Europe. The Taliban is on the rise in Afghanistan. And our national secrets are being vacuumed up by Chinese hackers.

USS Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Photo: U.S. Navy Specialist 2nd Class Paolo Bayas)

USS Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (Photo: U.S. Navy Specialist 2nd Class Paolo Bayas)

At the same time, our national defense budget is being slashed.

Since 2011, the defense budget has been cut by 15 percent in real terms. If you include the war budget, which has been going down as we reduce troops in Afghanistan, the national defense has been cut 25 percent in four years.

As a result of these budget cuts, the U.S. military is smaller than it was on 9/11 and in many cases the smallest it has been in recent history.

The world is a mess, our military is being slashed, and now President Obama is going to veto a bipartisan bill that would increase the national defense budget by 6 percent in real terms.

The House of Representatives just passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (NDAA), and it is headed to the Senate. This is a bipartisan bill that has been signed into law every year for 53 straight years, but Obama plans to veto it for one simple reason: it doesn’t increase non-defense spending. The president believes that defense and non-defense spending should be increased, and, according to the White House, “he will not fix defense without fixing non-defense spending.”

To be clear, Republicans in Congress and Obama both agree that the defense budget should be increased, but Obama is going to veto a bill to do just that because he wants non-defense spending to be increased as well.

Of course, that’s not how the White House will try to frame this conversation. The White House will complain that Congress is using a budget gimmick to increase defense spending, and they are correct. Congress is using the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund to circumvent the spending caps imposed on defense by the Budget Control Act.

This is not how the defense budget should be funded, but the White House’s complaints ring hollow. This administration has never shown an interest in responsible budgeting or reining in the deficit except as a political tool for cutting our military.

Secondly, the White House will argue that non-defense spending is just as critical to national security as defense spending. Again, this argument falls flat. Yes, the Department of Homeland Security and a few other national security functions are not funded in the “national defense” budget line, but that is a small fraction of the spending that Obama is fighting for.

The $37 billion in non-defense spending that Obama wants is made up of things like the $6-billion increase for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the $1.3-billion increase for the Department of Labor. The president wants increases of $1 billion for the Department of Commerce, $3.6 billion for the Department of Education, $500 million for the EPA, $800 million for the Department of Interior, and on and on it goes.

The White House wants Americans to believe that as the world burns, the defense budget should not be increased unless all of these overgrown bureaucracies get their pound of flesh (or billion-dollar budget increases, as the case may be).

The simple truth is that our national security budget matters more. The United States faces growing threats to our homeland as well as to our allies and interests abroad. The defense budget should never be used as political leverage for increasing domestic spending, but this is particularly disturbing at a time of growing security threats. Americans deserve a strong national security budget without having to pay billions extra to support Obama’s liberal agenda.

Vetoing the NDAA for domestic budgetary reasons is wrong.

This article was originally published at The Daily Signal.

  • Gunflint Roseberg

    What part of O’bumbo doesn’t anyone understand..? He is a divider, not a uniter. He is a Muslim, not an American Patriot. And he’s hell bent on destroying the Constitution/Bill of Rights.

    • eagle keeper

      Makes one think about the candidates the Democrats are putting forward for selection as possibly the next president?? Which direction would a Dem. take our country in should one of them be elected? Since they are adamant about aborting their future voting block and have to rely on importing undesirables here to conus just to have enough votes for their side to win an election? Other than the lure of free stuff promised in exchange for their vote, what do these folks offer in the way of solid tax paying citizens? For the most part they do not wish to even attempt to learn our language or adapt to what we all have become used to. That being part of the fabric of society that is America. I think that fabric is slowly fading away. What is going to replace it is not good for the nation’s future. The destruction of our country for a few votes? Greed at it’s worst.

  • paul b ahern

    “O” is doing an excellent job. There is no one who could do it better, To subvert the United States in less than 6 years with momentum going for him he deserves credit. Who said ” we will be subverted from within without any bullets being fired ” is probably correct. 16 months can’t come fast enough. Ben Carson is right. Except we have one now in the White House. Vote once a mistake. Vote twice and your s…..and you deserve what you get.

  • Lizard

    Seems like Muslim Obama hates america

  • wildeagleone

    This fkng congress is disgusting and violating the oaths they all took to defend this country. I am ashamed to say I am a Republican and if someone would start a party for true Americans, I would jump in a nano second

  • sherri palmer

    Stand against him, congress…WTF? I heard Chris Christie last night on FOX say that Obama doesn’t understand policy, and the war…Why don’t these dumb ass politicians get it…obma doesn’t have to understand, he is just deliberately destroying our country and our standing in the world…The operative word is ‘deliberately’…they are all so damn dumb

  • Richard Bagenstose

    wake up people , he already distroyed our national security , with the thousands of illegals and the muslims he has brought into the country, set our military back to pre wwll , while china and russia are spending billions on there military , the out come won’t be good but we will prevail , i feel sorry for the blacks , latinos, and the muslim trash when it brakes lose so you good blacks and latino’s and muslims better get on the right side of the fight , you know who won the revolution right , and i have a lot of faith in hillbillies ,farmers and patriots, that day is coming closer every day we get nearer to the end of the obomanation and take our country back, i still can’t believe our government has let him get away with his treasonist actions, so they are just as guilty

  • glock 19 fan

    The statement that the NDAA had passed the House and was headed to the Senatr is old news; it was passed and signed several years ago and some Americans have been thrown in jail without a trial – or even charges – already. That law, which denies due process – needs to be repealed, as does its companion, Civil Forfeiture.

  • Douglas Forde

    I’m with Obama for a change. The US defense budget is way larger than any other country’s. The Armed Forces need to be brought home where they can no longer create ill will in other countries and can do their job of providing defense. They can take over the role of DHS which should be disbanded.

    • eagle keeper

      What is it exactly you think has kept this country free from foreign invasion since forever? The fact that we do have a strong defence apparatus in place to fend off those who would take our country from us. There is a reason for having troops on foreign soil. We either fight them over there, or we fight them here. But if we let enough ISIS fighters immigrate here, we will truly have a fight on our hands. We will be fighting from house to house. I don’t want to exist like that. What say you?? If Obama is so great, name something he has done to change our country for the better?? So far he has earned a big fat F.

  • BITEMEHARDLEFT

    He has already destroyed it. And this is no surprise from our TREASONOUS TRAITOR……….

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