Republicans blame Obama for Pentagon spending cuts
The Republicans used their weekly address on Saturday to fiercely criticize President Barack Obama for the deep spending cuts which will hit the Department of Defense from Jan. 1, although both parties agreed to the cuts to the Pentagon’s and to other departments’ budgets last year if they failed to find a bipartisan solution to the federal deficit.
“[…] the good news is, the Republican-led House of Representatives has approved a responsible plan to replace these devastating cuts. The bad news is, the people’s House is the only part of our government that has acted to eliminate this threat to our national security. The Senate, a body controlled by the president’s party, has done nothing. And the president himself has opposed or disregarded every attempt we’ve made to work with him on a solution,” Rep. West said. He also accused Mr. Obama of blatantly lying to the electorate.
“Mr. President, for you – the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces – to sit idle and do nothing while this dark cloud hangs over our military, it is shameful, it is irresponsible, and it is wrong. It is dead wrong. In your nomination acceptance speech, you stated your goal was to have the strongest military the world has ever known. You have proven this promise to the American people is nothing more than empty rhetoric,” the Florida lawmaker stressed.
Mr. West also pointed out that the widespread anti-American protests witnessed in the past few days were clear evidence that the nation needed a strong, well-funded military.
“Remember how critical it is that the United States projects strength, that we remain vigilant and resolute in the defense of our liberties and way of life. It is because of these threats that America must continue to fund its military and support its Armed Forces to the fullest extent. The lives of all Americans depend on it. As do the memories of Ambassador Chris Stevens and the public servants who perished with him this week in the Middle East,” he warned.
Mr. Stevens and three other diplomats lost their lives in Benghazi, Libya, earlier on this week.