A Strong Defense for the U.S.
President Bush spoke before the American Defense Preparedness Association, an organization of business leaders dedicated to maintaining a strong American military defense, on the necessity for a strong defense for the country. President Bush urged Congress not to cut the defense programs for the B-2 bomber and the Strategic Defense Initiative, particularly since the value of the latter was proven in the Persian Gulf war. The Department of Defense budget, amounting to $295 billion, was passed by the House in June 1991. President Bush said the U.S. would have to set new priorities when creating a military budget faced with tight fiscal restraints, but a strong defense must be maintained by the U.S. when “despots” roam the earth and the Soviet Union remains a strong military power. He said he would veto any defense bill that did not adequately account for the needs of the U.S. military in facing military threats around the world. He also said he was never more convinced, despite post-war close
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