Yahoo! News asked military veterans whom they're leaning toward -- Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. Below is one veteran's perspective.
COMMENTARY | A critical responsibility the president has is to provide for the common defense. To do that, they should understand the military -- serving would be a good part of their resume but is not required. But at least a president should understand the importance of a reliable defense (and other) budget.
As a 28-year Air Force officer, I saw in many assignments that we cannot dither too long before making a decision and giving direction. Now I live in Houston, and I have seen the enormous confusion the nation's space program is going through -- another example of how the administration could not pass its budget. In my 50 years of experience, I have never seen a change handled so badly.
An enormous failure of the Obama administration is to pay enough attention to the federal budget, and publicly endorse a compromise that gives the people some confidence that the federal government can be relied on.
But the entire budget, and the defense budget is a visible example, is in turmoil. An example is when major defense executives ask for some reassurance that they will know what programs will continue and what will be cut. The CEO of Boeing said on May 8 that they needed to know what to continue and what to curtail.
Even well before the election, the continued budget uncertainty has been accepted -- the Obama administration likes to talk about trivia while the military (and the rest of the country) waits around to see when the federal budget will be passed.
Our Constitution gives the Congress the power to pass a budget which the president signs -- but this does not mean that the president should get distracted by his golf game.
But our alternative, Mitt Romney, has had every possible opinion at some time.
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