August 17, 2009
He'll have to stand up to his own party better than he has on health care, though...
''If Congress sends me a defense bill loaded with a bunch of pork, I will veto it,'' he declared in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He accused members of Congress of using the Pentagon budget to protect jobs back home, including on wasteful projects he said were diverting money needed for U.S. military forces battling everything from nuclear weapons to ''18th century style piracy and 21st century cyber threats.''
Obama thanked America's veterans and praised U.S. fighting forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. But he also spoke harshly of a ''defense establishment (that) has yet to fully adapt to the post-Cold War world.''