Earlier this month President Obama threatened to veto an indefinite military detentions bill. According to online source THE HILL this bill would codify detention without trials in the United States, mandate military detentions for suspected terrorists, and stop the transfer of even innocent detainees out of Guantanomo Bay and Bagram Military Prisons. Some commentators now feel that in midst of last minute revisions to avoid the threatened Obama veto lawmakers are turning a bad bill into a worse one. The cost of the bill runs around 662 billion dollars.
As this Merry Christmas time discussion continues – Congress is now planning to send the bill to the president on Thursday. Germany and U.K. have announced that they will not transfer terrorists – even for the sake of information – if they feel these prisoners might fall into the hands of the United States prison system. As one journalist said, the world is watching.
Why is President Obama threatening the veto to coerce his views into and through legislation? After Republican debates brought forth the opinion that Obama is overusing the veto, one bright Wikapedia writer came out with the facts that President Obama has only used the veto twice while in office. He is walking softly and carrying a big opinion to commandeer Congress and to define the Democratic Party’s line. There is a “vow” often associated with his goals as though they were religiously correct.
April 2011: Obama says that he will veto GOP bill as lawmakers predict shut down. July of this year: Obama will veto House Speakers two step plan to raise U.S. debt ceiling and cut 3 million dollars in government spending. July 2011: President Obama says he will veto the cut, cap, and balance bill because is too extreme, radical, and unprecedented. September of 2011: Obama says he will veto any deficit plan that is not balanced with tax hikes. November 2011: Obama vows to veto bill blocking internet neutrality rules. He says that the FCC does not have the right to set rules on the internet. According to online source, THE LONELY CONSERVATIVE, “Obama will veto the Farm Dust Bill to stop the EPA from regulating farm dust. And now in December there is the Obama threatens to Veto Indefinite Military Detentions headline that brings this country and their security policies into the week before Christmas.
President Obama says that he has been ever mindful of the separation of the branches of American government, and the power of his office. However, his threat to veto the Keystone XL Pipeline may have triggered Canada into dealing with other powers in order to quickly expand their GDP with a market for synthetic oil. President Obama is debating with Congress through the media in a format that does not give them the opportunity to talk back. Is he abusing his powers?