Chairman McKeon has been open regarding his opposition to arbitrary dollar figures for defense cuts and he's stated that any cuts should be "seen in the lens of [the United States] national security strategy."
"The idea of a world without the benefit of preponderant American seapower may sound alarmist and farfetched. Unfortunately, those who follow military cutbacks and world affairs know that it isn't," McKeon noted.
"It's up to patriotic congressman to stop replacing national security programs and projects with Obamacare and government largesse that amounts to nothing more than vote-buying," warns former intelligence officer and police detective Mike Snopes.
Also, former CIA Director and Air Force General Michael Hayden wrote to the House Armed Services Chairman McKeon (R-Calif.), offering support and thanks for including an affirmation of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in this year's defense bill.
Hayden thanked Mr. McKeon in a letter and additionally outlined several critical reasons why the decade old AUMF needs to be clarified. Gen. Hayden reiterated the goal of the AUMF affirmation: codifying America's legal right to pursue and detain terrorists and empowering those charged with that duty.
Hayden pointed out what should be self-evident from the bill's language: The provision is nearly identical to the interpretation of the 2001 AUMF used by the Obama Administration, which U.S. courts have largely accepted. The military also relies on the same language when deciding whom it can lawfully target or detain.
"The original AUMF has been under constant legal attack as part of endless litigation related to detainee habeas corpus cases. Because of these ongoing challenges, the [Obama] Administration's interpretation may receive less favorable treatment in court if Congress refuses to affirm it," Hayden wrote.
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