These are not partisan attacks against the President; they are serious concerns that these provisions would do far more harm than good, coming from national security experts with no political agenda.
Overall, the NDAA is both bad policy and bad politics for the Obama Administration. Aside from the serious consequences outlined by Paul, Feinstein, Krulak and Hoar, Obama runs the risk of alienating his left wing base at the worst possible time by backtracking on his promise to veto the bill. This could prove to be among the most politically damaging decisions of Obama’s first term.
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