Kyl: Debt Deal Equals “Knowing Destruction of US Military”

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I had literally just hit “publish” on a post titled “Why the Debt Deal Won’t Hurt the Pentagon” when conservative Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.) said this of the bill on the Senate floor:

Can you imagine anything more irresponsible than for the commander in chief of the military to promote, not just promote, but insist on the knowing destruction of the U.S. military as a means to threaten Congress?…We will need to work very hard to restore spending necessary for our national security and commit to reject the threat of Armageddon inserted into this bill by the White House.

Funny thing is, Kyl voted for this Armageddon-arousing piece of hell-borne legislation. He’s the second GOP defense hawk in as many days to predict the Obama administration will get us all killed…and then vote “aye” on said Obama administration’s plan.

John Kyl: He was for Armageddon before he was against it.

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