Obama threatens to defund military if Guantanamo Bay not shut down

GuantanamoThe Obama administration announced on Monday that President Obama would veto a defense authorization bill if Congress does not agree with his plan to close down Guantanamo Bay. A report published by Breitbart says White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters during the daily White House press briefing that the House funding bill would be vetoed “principally because…of the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities, but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison at Guantanamo Bay.” He also promised that Democrats would uphold Obama’s veto, and the defense bill would die.

This announcement raises concerns among many who point to the growing terror threat, recent Russian and Chinese intervention in Syria, and moves by Iran to expand its military presence in the region. Critics say this move proves President Obama is more concerned with pushing his leftist policies than he is with US national security. Closing Guantanamo before leaving office is reportedly a priority for the president. Some speculate that Obama may even return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba before he goes.

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Darren Pope

Darren Pope has been contributing to a variety of web and print publications for more than 10 years, covering everything from news and politics, to sports and entertainment.

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