A freshman lawmaker accused President Obama this week of deliberately weakening U.S. defenses.

In an op-ed for the Daily Caller (h/t Steve Benen), freshman Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) levels this pretty significant claim:

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I work daily to ensure our men and women have the resources they need to protect this country, and I continue to be dismayed by the national security policies coming out of this White House. Simply put, President Obama is disadvantaging the United States one step at a time and undermining this country’s national defense on purpose. Whether he is catering to the anti-war leftists or truly doing what he thinks is best for our security, the president is leading this nation down a very dangerous path. [Italics in the original, bold added.]