Ahead of NATO summit, Mitt Romney argues that bipartisan defense cuts are Obama’s fault
Felicia Sonmez, Washington Post - As President Obama prepares to meet with leaders at the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago, Mitt Romney is out with a statement arguing that the Obama administration “has taken actions that will only undermine the alliance.”
One of the actions cited by Romney: the scheduled 10-year, $1.2 trillion across-the-board spending cut, or “sequester,” that was called for in last August’s bipartisan debt deal. The cut is expected to take effect in January; half of it will hit defense spending.
But Romney’s statement fails to note that the sequester was part of a deal negotiated by the White House and leaders of both parties, a sweeping proposal that was approved by nearly three-quarters of the House Republican conference and six in 10 Senate Republicans.“Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has taken actions that will only undermine the alliance. The U.S. military is facing nearly $1 trillion in cuts over the next ten years. … I will reverse Obama-era military cuts,” the Romney statement reads.
The facts point to a more complicated picture.