The American defense budget adopted, all good for Morocco

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.66 trillion public funding bill on Friday hours before midnight, including record military funding including emergency aid to Ukraine ($44.9 billion).

This new legislation (“American National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2023” would provide the Department of Defense with a record $858 billion, up from $740 billion last year. About $800 billion would be earmarked for the all “non-military programs,” $68 billion in fiscal year 2022.

The spending bill for the new fiscal year was approved by a majority partisan vote of 225 to 201, after passing the Senate the day before. The more than 4,000-page bill passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote of 68 to 29, with support from 18 of the 50 Senate Republicans. Only nine of the 213 House Republicans supported him.

The hard-fought law has therefore passed like a letter in the mail and is expected to be signed in the coming days by President Biden who in a statement said “ the law permits the disbursement of appropriations for the fiscal year of the Department of Defense, the national security programs of the Department of Energy and the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security and the intelligence community (…) and includes decisive powers to support the national defense and foreign affairs as well as the internal security of the United States “.

As far as Morocco is concerned, we can say that the question of the Moroccan Sahara has won a new victory because the American defense budget for the coming year does not include any “restriction” to the strengthening of Moroccan-American military cooperation. The now retired James Inhofe, who previously held the position of Chairman of the Senate Defense Committee can bite his fingers, he, unfortunately, no request for amendments has been officially accepted, including the cancellation of the “African Lion 2023″ which will indeed be held in Morocco, no offense to him.

Each year, the defense budget, which is made available to the Pentagon, identifies threats to the national security of the United States, as well as issues and problems of foreign cooperation with its allies around the world, within the framework of its foreign policy, particularly in the military and security areas. This is what Rabat had managed to consolidate with Washington after President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over its Sahara two years ago.

Throughout this period, the Kingdom had come up against the tireless efforts led by the former Republican, pro-Polisario and Algerian senator, Jim Inhofe, to put pressure on the American administration to approve “budgetary measures” repressing the Morocco. It’s in the past now. Indeed, the “2023 edition” of the defense budget is devoid of any condition that could link military and security cooperation with Morocco to any commitment such as that of opening negotiations with the separatists that Jim Inhofe once dwelled on, when he served as Chairman of the Senate Defense Committee.

The American law on the defense budget also did not hold back from moving the next edition of the “African Lion” military exercises away from Morocco. In addition, we also know the campaign that Jim Inhofe was leading with anti-Moroccan “lobbies”, in order to push President Biden to back down from the decision of his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump of December 10, 2020. In vain because, according to observers , given the historical relations between Rabat and Washington and the strategic interests that bring them together, the historic American decision of 2020 was not a spur of the moment, but rather a result of in-depth studies carried out by experts from the American administration. .

It was further noted, and unlike last year, that the unfolding discussions on the US Defense Budget Bill in Congress have been met with complete media contempt from the media affiliated with the Algerian regime and its separatist henchman. .

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