military policy

How Does Obama Defend America’s National Security? By Letting Children Go To War

U.S. President Barack Obama, whose administration is fighting to keep gay soldiers from serving openly in the American armed forces, this week quietly issued a presidential memorandum ignoring federal law to withdraw military assistance from nations that use child soldiers — permitting Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Yemen to continue the practice of deploying weapon-wielding children while receiving military aid paid for by American taxpayers. Even gay ones. Obama’s says his decision, recommended by a State Department review, is based on the national security interest of maintaining relationships with these African allies despite their atrocious human rights records. When Mr. Obama was a U.S. Senator, he supported the Child Soldiers Prevention Act, which would have mandated sanctions against such countries.