"Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting there and saying, 'Oh, by the way, I can't do this because of some budget document?'" Woodward said.
"Or George W. Bush saying, 'You know, I'm not going to invade Iraq because I can't get the aircraft carriers I need?'" Or even Bill Clinton saying, 'You know, I'm not going to attack Saddam Hussein's intelligence headquarters,' ... because of some budget document?"
At the beginning of this month the Department of Defense said early February it would not deploy the U.S.S. Harry Truman to the Persian Gulf, citing budget concerns relating to the sequester.
"Under the Constitution, the President is commander-in-chief and employs the force. And so we now have the President going out because of this piece of paper and this agreement. 'I can’t do what I need to do to protect the country,'" Woodward said.Woodward who writes for the liberal Washington Post penned a column on February 22nd which said the President has moved the goal posts in the sequester argument:
"That’s a kind of madness that I haven't seen in a long time," he said.
In fact, the final deal reached between Vice President Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2011 included an agreement that there would be no tax increases in the sequester in exchange for what the president was insisting on: an agreement that the nation’s debt ceiling would be increased for 18 months, so Obama would not have to go through another such negotiation in 2012, when he was running for reelection.Looks like someone in the MSM may have some integrity. Below is video of his MSNBC appearance today (if you cannot see video, please click here)