first published on June 13, 2017 by Will
Secretary of Defense General James Mattis said on Monday that he was “shocked” by the unsatisfactory level of combat readiness across the entire US military as he testified before the House Armed Services Committee.
Mattis pointed the blame directly at Congress for “sidelining itself from its active constitutional oversight role” by not allotting nearly enough money for training and equipment and placing a sequestration cap on the defense budget.
The quality of life for service members, as well as combat readiness, plummeted under the Obama Administration, as defense spending was consistently reduced, even though just as much was being expected of our troops with new wars and continuous deployments. Yet, had the money been there during the last administration, it would have more than likely been funneled into irrelevant political correctness training and gender reassignment surgeries rather than unit readiness.
Mattis proposed closing unnecessary military installations to save $10 billion over the next five years. With the money saved, Mattis reasoned that we could buy four nuclear submarines or dozens of jet fighters. However, the closing of military bases always faces stiff opposition, as congressional districts see them as their own cash cow.
“For all the heartache caused by the loss of our troops during these wars, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of our military than sequestration,” said Mattis.