Senator Johnny Isakson urged President Obama to rescind his veto threat of the National Defense Authorization Act. The legislation is vital to Georgia as it includes funding for the A-10 mission at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta and Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, upgrading Stryker armored fighting vehicles at Ft. Benning, and other vital projects in Georgia.
Here is a segment of his remarks on the Senate floor.
“The National Defense Authorization Act is one thing Congress, House and Senate alike, has agreed upon overwhelmingly. The vote in the Senate was a veto-proof vote. The vote in the House was a significant vote. The president should read that to understand that the representatives of the people are saying to him: We want America to be strong. We don’t want our American military to be reconstituted. We don’t want the dictators of the world taking advantage of vacuums that we have created because we looked at other way and we abandoned ourselves.
“We need to think about something and think about it closely, Mr. President. Right now in Greece, for example, a half a million people in the last year have gone through there fleeing Syria, trying to find their way to Europe. A half a million. A million and a half will probably go through there next year. The world is trying to flee oppression and dictators wherever they are. And the rest of the free world cannot afford to take care of the rest of the world unless we stop what’s happening in the Middle East.
“Bashar Al-Assad should be stopped; the Russians should be asked to retrench and come back, and we should get back to the table and be the strongest power in the world and be an effective player in the Middle East and being a power that is feared rather than one that’s looked at and wondered about. America is abandoning its role that it’s always held since the end of World War II, and it’ll be a shame for us to do that.
“So Mr. President, let me ask you to do this: Think real hard before Halloween because that’s when the time runs out. You have got to either sign the bill or veto it. Think real hard about the America that you took over as president of the United States seven years ago. Think about how we got to where we are today. Think about all those who have sacrificed, who have lived and who have died in some cases, to keep America free.