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Jon Kyl calls Obama ‘irresponsible’ on defense

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The second-ranking Senate Republican said Tuesday that President Barack Obama insisted on potential defense cuts in the debt-limit bill that amounted to the “knowing destruction of the U.S. military.”

Despite his fears about the bill, Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona voted for the legislation to raise the nation’s debt limit and avert a government default. Congress cleared the bill Tuesday and sent it to Obama, who signed it into law.

The bill calls for cuts of $350 billion in defense spending over 10 years. However, if a special House-Senate committee cannot agree on a deficit-reduction plan by year’s end or Congress rejects its proposal, it would trigger some $500 billion in additional reductions in projected military spending.

“Can you imagine anything more irresponsible than for the commander in chief of the military to promote, not just promote, but insist on the knowing destruction of the U.S. military as a means to threaten Congress?” Kyl asked in a speech on the Senate floor shortly before he voted for the legislation.

Although he backed the bill, Kyl said it came close to violating the oath of office for lawmakers as well as the president’s responsibilities as commander in chief.

“We will need to work very hard to restore spending necessary for our national security and commit to reject the threat of Armageddon inserted into this bill by the White House,” Kyl said.

Although several members of the congressional committees overseeing the military expressed reservations with the bill, they still backed the measure. Among them were the top senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee as well as leading defense hawks in the House.

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6 comments

  1. Such an old warmonger Kyl…for a man that did not serve…The military industrial complex money that has flowed your way over all these years has bent your reason. Near on half the deficit is war spending and tax breaks for the same. Time for our soldiers to come home…and past time for you to retire!

  2. Somebody tell Jon his alarmist rhetoric is such foolishness that HE is the reason that we thinking, rational, patriotic Americans despise his “politics of the worst sort.”
    I for one could never believe that one man could “knowingly destroy the US military”–as Jon said. We are not stupid enough, Jon, to believe that one skinny, basketball-playing Commander could single-handedly wreck the best fighting force the world has ever seen.
    Retire now, Jon. take your Aricept, learn the difference between billion and trillion, and sign contracts for being a Washington lobbyist.
    Pitiful.

  3. He says “Can you imagine anything more irresponsible than for the commander in chief of the military to promote, not just promote, but insist on the knowing destruction of the U.S. military as a means to threaten Congress?”

    Yes, voting for the bill and then trashing it is much more irresponsible. Are you brain-dead Jon?

  4. After the recent three-ring circus in Washington, most of it orchestrated by right-wingers of Kyl’s ilk, he should know what “irresponsible” is.

  5. Jon Kyl, if he was a turkey, could feed the whole entire state. Your talks or speakes were boloney, would have enough balonies to feel the national guard.

  6. that is speeches not speakes

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