Defense Secretary James Mattis says nothing keeps him up at night but his recent comments about the military’s state of readiness might keep you up at night.
To be fair, this is not the fault of our brave men and women in uniform. It is the fault of congress and the previous administration.
The New York Post reports:
Mattis blames Congress for lack of military readiness
Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday he’s “shocked” by the decline in US military readiness and placed the blame squarely on Congress.
Mattis scolded lawmakers on Capitol Hill for failing to pass military budgets and for imposing automatic spending cuts known as sequestration that have caused “severe” damage.
“I retired from military service three months after sequestration took effect,” Mattis, a former Marine Corps general who retired in 2013, said. “Four years later, I’ve returned to the department and I have been shocked by what I’ve seen about our readiness to fight.”
Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Mattis told members of Congress they’ve caused “harm” by their lack of leadership.
“While nothing can compare to the heartache caused by the loss of our troops during these wars, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the combat readiness of our military than sequestration,” Mattis said.
Perhaps congress could stop obsessing about Russia for a few minutes and get our military the resources they need to defend our nation properly.
Just a thought.