WORLD NEWS TOMORROW USA: Obama “Four years ago I made you a promise. I pledged to take the fight to our enemies and renew our leadership in the world. As president, that’s what I’ve done,” he said while speaking in Reno, Nevada at the 113th convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Obama declared an end to the Iraq war in December, a decision he vowed to carry out during his 2008 presidential campaign.
“You don’t just have my words, you have my deeds. You have my track record,” he said. “You have the promises I’ve made and the promises that I’ve kept. I pledged to end the war in Iraq honorably, and that’s what we’ve done.”
The president also waded in to politics during his speech, pointing to the massive automatic defense cuts scheduled to kick in if Congress doesn’t reach a deficit-reduction deal by the end of the year.
“Let’s stop playing politics with our military,” Obama said. “Let’s get serious and reduce our deficit and keep our military strong.”
Congress voted for the debt deal last year that put in place a series of across-the-board spending cuts after a congressional super committee failed to reach a compromise on a comprehensive deficit reduction plan.
Regarding the cuts, he added: “There’s no reason that should happen because people in Congress ought to be able to come together and agree on a plan, a balanced approach that reduces the deficit and keeps our military strong.”
Last week the House, in a landslide vote, approved a bill asking the Obama administration to spell out which agencies and programs would be cut. The Senate attached a similar measure to the farm bill in June.
Republicans, in particular, say the cuts would hurt national security and cost jobs as businesses that contract with the Defense Department warn they will soon have to begin layoffs.