A character on Seinfeld once said to George Costanza, “I thought you didn’t believe in God?” “I do for the bad things,” he famously replied. For Barack Obama — whom the left sometimes thinks of as God, it seems that when it comes to keeping campaign promises, only the bad things avoid an expiration date.
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The Pentagon will request $9.16 billion for missile defense programs for the 2014 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, about $550 million less than this year’s $9.71 billion, according to internal budget figures obtained by Bloomberg News.
The missile defense proposal scheduled to be released April 10 is part of a $526.6 billion defense budget President Barack Obama will propose, according to government officials familiar with the budget plan who asked not to be named discussing it in advance. …
The administration’s reduced request comes despite heightened concerns about North Korean threats to attack U.S. bases in South Korea, Japan and Guam.
As Ed Morrissey writes, “The issue of missile defense is very much related to North Korea, and budget cuts in the middle of this crisis make zero sense, politically, diplomatically, or militarily. Talk about bad timing.”