The U.S. Senate will act on the defense-spending bill after they return from recess. If they agree with their colleagues in the House and the experts at the GAO that the two-engine approach is the best way to spend taxpayers' hard-earned money, then the President has promised to uncap his veto pen. This will be big news, and it will be a bad story for the president. While homosexual rights groups will be disappointed over the missed opportunity to repeal the conservative supported “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” most Americans will be stunned by the willingness of the president to put off funding for our troops.
Why the Obama administration has dug in its heels on this issue? Is it an example of successful lobbying? Could a single defense contractor really have that much influence over the Obama administration? I doubt it.
Or could the Joint Strike Fighter engine veto threat simply be a straw man that will enable the president to strangle needed support for our troops in the Middle East, thereby hobbling their effectiveness and laying the groundwork for an early withdrawal? Perhaps.
Has his support for so-called progressive social policy in the armed forces been simply lip service to an influential left-wing constituency? I don't think so.
No one knows the answers to these questions. But they will surely be asked. Many will once again ask “What is he thinking?”
We report. You decide.