David Axe, Daily Beast: Mattis: ‘No Enemy’ Has Done More Harm to Military Readiness Than Congress
What’s a worse threat than terror groups, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and even climate change? Congress, according to the defense secretary, who blasted lawmakers to their faces.
In a marathon series of congressional hearings in the second week of June 2017, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned of looming threats to U.S. national security from terror groups, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and even climate change.
But his harshest warning concerned... Congress. Mattis blasted the legislative branch for failing to pass budgets on time and refusing to repeal the arbitrary budget caps that lawmakers passed into law in 2011 as part of the Budget Control Act, aka “sequestration.”
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WNU Editor: This is also becoming a problem as budget shortfalls and a need for cutbacks become more pronounced ....
.... Mattis promised to do his part to squeeze a few extra dollars out of the existing defense budget, in part by eliminating redundant generals and admirals and their staffs, and streamlining new weapons programs.
But to find those savings, Mattis said he needs to fill a number of top Defense Department positions with officials who can help him identify waste. Mattis acknowledged that the Trump administration has put forward nominees for only 11 of roughly 50 top Pentagon positions—and that, Mattis said, worries him. “It gets pretty dire when you look what’s coming down the pike.”