U.S. sets $88 billion war budget, adds 1,000 Marines to guard embassies
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the 2013 defense budget worth $633 billion Wednesday. The law includes $88 billion to fund overseas wars and 1,000 new Marines to beef up security in U.S. missions abroad.
Obama signed the law in Hawaii, where he is vacationing, with reservations on a provision extending for one year the restrictions on White House’s ability to transfer detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to a foreign country. The provision prevents Obama from repatriating low-risk Guantanamo detainees to Yemen and 50 non-Afghan citizens held at the Parwan prison in Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.
The $88 billion war fund covers Afghanistan, where 66,000 American troops are on duty.
The funding for 1,000 new Marines to guard U.S. embassies and consulates stemmed from the deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya in September. Results of the investigation point to a lack of security at the consulate that allowed terrorists to enter the compound and burn it killing ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
The defense spending law also tightens sanctions on Iran to force it to abandon its nuclear program suspected as a front for building a nuclear bomb.