"I am strongly committed to supporting our uniformed service members," Obama wrote, " however, we must maintain efforts to keep our Nation on a sustainable fiscal course. "
With Obama's latest giveaway to Syria, the $1 billion dollar threshold has been reached.
How much money is that? By Obama's standards, it isn't a lot. But while he's lavishing aid on Syrian terrorists, he's cutting pay increases to the American soldiers he expects to fight for those terrorists.
U.S. taxpayers have spent at least $1,010,354,195 on Syrian humanitarian aid for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, according to official numbers from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
“To help the many Syrians in need this Eid al-Fitr, the United States is providing an additional $195 million in food aid and other humanitarian aid, bringing our humanitarian contribution to the Syrian people to over $1 billion since the crisis began,” Obama said in a White House statement.
“For millions of Americans, Eid is part of a great tapestry of America’s many traditions, and I wish all Muslims a blessed and joyful celebration. Eid Mubarak.”
Like the great tradition of liberal politicians screwing the military while lavishing untold wealth on America's enemies. A great tradition that Obama, Clinton and Carter are all part of.
While Obama was celebrating his Eid and his giveaways, he was cutting pay for the soldiers he wants to send off to die in the wars of Eid.
As promised in his Fiscal Year 2014 budget, Obama has just informed Congress that he will cap next year's pay raise for U.S. military personnel at 1 percent, instead of the 1.8 percent raise set by the formula Congress established.
The announcement came on Friday afternoon, at the start of the long Labor Day weekend, in a letter to Congress.
"I am strongly committed to supporting our uniformed service members, who have made such great contributions to our Nation over the past decade of war," Obama wrote to congressional leaders. "As our country continues to recover from serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, however, we must maintain efforts to keep our Nation on a sustainable fiscal course. This effort requires tough choices, especially in light of budget constraints faced by Federal agencies."
Tough choices. Like dumping 1 billion on Muslim Syria while cutting pay for the fighting American men and women he despises.
But those soldiers are still the lucky ones. Think of the 20,000 Marines fired to save 10 billion dollars. That 1 billion spent on America's enemies could have preserved 2,000 US Marines.