The new defense bill is a monstrosity
If you thought that the defense budget was completely out-of-control and couldn't get any worse, think again. The new, "totally bipartisan" defense bill is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with our political system.
The reasons are too numerous to count, so I'll just stick to the highlights.
But Democrats on the left flank of the party argue that the compromise signs away important restrictions on Trump’s war-making powers included in the House version of the bill, where an amendment backed by progressives would have prohibited the Trump administration from using any funds to launch an unauthorized, offensive war against Iran.
The compromise also stripped out a measure long backed by California Democrat Ro Khanna that would have prohibited U.S. military support for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen and one from New Jersey Democrat Tom Malinowski that would have banned the sale of air-to-ground munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
In a joint statement, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and Khanna, who is Sanders’s campaign chair, called the National Defense Authorization Act “a bill of astonishing moral cowardice,” and said that Congress should not pass the compromise version.
Good thing Pelosi is in charge of the House.
Vote Blue No Matter Who, amirite? /s
But wait, because it gets worse.
The legislation also would create a chief of space operations for the Space Force who would report to the Air Force secretary and would be a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
We can't afford to feed and house poor children, but we got a Space Force!
Let's not stop there, because it continues to get worse.
A Senate panel on Wednesday advanced a sanctions bill targeting Turkey over its offensive in Syria and its purchase of a Russian missile defense system.
In response, Turkey is prepared to take serious measures.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a statement that Ankara may insist that the US leave Incirlik air base if Washington goes ahead with the sanctions it has threatened in response to Turkey's purchase of S-400 missiles.
"We will assess the worst-case scenario and make a decision. If the US imposes sanctions against Turkey, then the issue of the Incirlik and Kurecik bases may be on the agenda," Cavusoglu said.
So Congress is prepared to effectively break Turkey's alliance with NATO, because they bought a Russian anti-missile system instead of an American one. Good job Congress!
And yet this bill can still get worse.
The US House and Senate agreed on Monday (9 December) a defence bill that would force Donald Trump’s administration to impose sanctions on companies involved in the Russian-sponsored gas pipelines Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream.
Turkstream is already completed. Nord Stream 2 is 80% complete. So these sanctions can't stop either pipeline.
Thus all they can do is sanction major European companies for work that they've already done, and thus starting a new trade war with the EU.
Good job Congress. You managed to get everything wrong.