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Fact-Checking Obama's Defense Claim

2:03 AM, Oct 23, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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During last night's debate, President Obama once again repeated the false claim that Governor Romney "wants to spend another $2 trillion on military spending that our military's not asking for."  And he's likely to repeat it in the days ahead.

However, Defending Defense—a coalition of the Foreign Policy Initiative, Heritage Foundation, and American Enterprise Institute—fact-checked that claim yesterday and showed that it's false.  They explain:

 "The President has repeatedly attacked Governor Romney’s plan to restore baseline military budgets to roughly 4 percent of domestic product as unnecessary spending that the Joint Chiefs of Staff don’t want.  In the vice presidential debate, Joe Biden went even farther, claiming it was the service leaders who 'made the recommendation first' to make the latest round of cuts, which total almost $500 billion. 'That’s a fact,' asserted the Vice President.

"No, it’s not.

"The fact is that this round of defense cuts was first proposed by President Obama on April 13, 2011.  In an attempt to preempt the budget-cutting fervor of the House of Representatives’ Republican leadership, he said he would trim roughly $400 billion from the defense plan that he had submitted to Congress in February 2011.  The President did not even inform Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who was set to retire that June, about the proposed cuts....

"This 'additional' spending [that Governor Romney now supports] previously was asked for by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and recommended to Congress by President Obama himself."

Read the whole thing at DefendingDefense.org.

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