While North Korea continues to play target practice with its missile systems, the Obama Administration chose the wrong time to cut funding for missile defense programs.U.S. Representative Mike Turner, ranking member of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee, today issued the following statement in response to reports of another North Korea missile launch:
"While North Korea continues to play target practice with its missile systems, the Obama Administration chose the wrong time to cut funding for missile defense programs. Unfortunately, the Administration’s $1.2 billion dollar cut has set up a false choice between protection of the U.S. homeland and protection of our forward-deployed troops and allies. Both are necessary and both could have been adequately funded without such deep cuts.
"Furthermore, Kim Jong Il's continued defiance of United Nations Security Council resolution 1874 and the international community raises serious questions about the viability of the Obama Administration's current approach to engagement."