Barry feels really, really bad about signing the NDAA...honest!
Of course, if he really, really felt bad, he could have let the 10 days expire without his signature and it would have become law anyway. That way he might convince some 'bots he really, really was sorry. (It's called a pocket veto and the Senate and House would have to show THEY were the culprits!)
Of course, since Con-gress was adjourned, it would effectively be a real-life veto and supposedly our military wouldn't get paid ( nor would Haliburton, KLM etc. etc, ad infinitum!) And Con-gress would have to over-ride the pocket veto and make the hostage taking more public and that would look bad.
And the 'bots think that the walls would tumble to the ground if the military and contractors didn't get paid.
Funny how that really doesn't work. You see, those in service to this country really don't have to be paid at all. They just have to be supplied with ammo and food and fight when and where told. A lot of us never got a regular paycheck when payday rolled around because we were doing something else uncle wanted. And if that meant an extended excursion for 30 or 60 days or if a base was under fire for say, 77 days, the men didn't get paid! OMG! I bet those fighting for their lives were really worried about that paycheck being late! Ammo and supplies were dropped in but somehow the fools in charge never included our paychecks! Can you imagine that callousness?And now we have Barry supporters worrying that some of our boys won't get paid in their air conditioned, internet and facebook, McDonalds provided undeclared war if he doesn't sign this month! The nerve!
From the signing statement, via TalkingPointsMemo:
Ultimately, I decided to sign this bill not only because of the critically important services it provides for our forces and their families and the national security programs it authorizes, but also because the Congress revised provisions that otherwise would have jeopardized the safety, security, and liberty of the American people. Moving forward, my Administration will interpret and implement the provisions described below in a manner that best preserves the flexibility on which our safety depends and upholds the values on which this country was founded.Hahaha, he should have just written “SIGH” in the margin next to his signature, since all these other words basically mean nothing. HOW MUCH NOTHING, you ask? Here is newly-elected Barack Obama in 2009, promising not to support this exact kind of criminally insane nonsense:
“We must have clear, defensible and lawful standards for those who fall into this category,” said Obama, speaking of protracted detention. “We must have fair procedures so that we don’t make mistakes. We must have a thorough process of periodic review so that any prolonged detention is carefully evaluated and justified. . . . And so, going forward, my administration will work with Congress to develop an appropriate legal regime.”
But just give him some more time...another couple of Friedman Units and all will be well. And...and...and it's not all his fault. After all, he can't do a thing with Congress...just like Harry couldn't, Ike couldn't, JFK/LBJ, Nixon, St. Ronnie and George the First couldn't! And it would be so very presumptuous for him to try (Even if he said he wouldn't do it to get elected...one of those necessary little bitty white lies 'cause it's not really his fault he had to sign it)!
So, grin and bare it and hope that your neighbor doesn't turn you in as a Commie symp for not cutting your grass or playing your Dixie Chicks too loudly!
But on the bright side, Gitmo doesn't have snow! And you may even get to learn a foreign language or two!
Heeeyy! Does it get any better than that?