Secretary of Defense General Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis went rogue this week to blame Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress for the decline in military readiness that has taken place over the past few years.
The Washington Examiner reported that while Mattis testified Monday night about President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget, he told the House Armed Services Committee that he has been “shocked” how budget caps passed by Congress, called sequestration, and delays in passing timely annual budgets have taken a massive toll on the U.S. military. He went on to urge Republican lawmakers to rally bipartisan support to lift the sequester and pass the president’s budget on time in September.
It should be noted that the sequestration he was referring to was Obama’s idea.
“I need bipartisan support for this budget request. In the past, by failing to pass a budget on time or eliminate the threat of sequestration, Congress sidelined itself from its active constitutional oversight role,” Mattis said in his opening statement. “It has blocked new programs, prevented service growth, stalled industry initiative, and placed troops at greater risk.”
“For all the heartache caused by the loss of our troops during these wars, no enemy in the field has done more to harm to the readiness of our military than sequestration,” Mattis added.
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