I hate these damned signing statements:
President Barack Obama signed a major defense bill Wednesday, notwithstanding public veto threats the White House issued with regard to earlier versions of the legislation.
Obama issued a written “signing statement” explaining his decision to approve the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act despite his objections to various aspects of the measure, including provisions that effectively thwart his efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects and give military members the right to refuse to take certain actions that violate their conscience.
“I have approved this annual defense authorization legislation, as I have in previous years, because it authorizes essential support for service members and their families, renews vital national security programs, and helps ensure that the United States will continue to have the strongest military in the world,” Obama said. “Even though I support the vast majority of the provisions contained in this Act, which is comprised of hundreds of sections spanning more than 680 pages of text, I do not agree with them all….Though I continue to oppose certain sections of the Act, the need to renew critical defense authorities and funding was too great to ignore.”
In signing the bill, Obama turned aside pleas from a coalition of liberal groups that he veto the measure in order assert his authority to close Guantanamo and return much of the war on terror to the law enforcement sphere.
Just veto the god damned thing instead of writing a signing statement whining about how flawed the bill is. Send it back to Congress and make them rewrite the damned bill. The Republicans don’t have a 2/3 majority. Throw the ball back to them and do the right thing.