Once again, Obama plays brinkmanship game with military budget over GTMO

Once again, Obama plays brinkmanship game with military budget over GTMO

President Barack Obama’s veto threat over the National Defense Authorization Act isn’t just about the money.

“The current version that was passed through the House of Representatives is something that the president would veto principally because of this — 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 Guantánamo Bay,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. “So our position on this hasn’t changed. We continue to feel strongly about it.”

In July, Earnest said Obama “will veto” the bill if it includes the Guantánamo provisions. Earnest told reporters Monday the president has the votes to sustain a veto….

[T]here are certainly people on Capitol Hill who wonder whether Obama will ultimately veto the bill — or the next version, if a budget deal is reached — over Guantánamo. The defense policy bill has become law for more than 50 years in a row, and Obama has signed it every year despite issuing veto threats over the military prison in Cuba.

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