Sec. of Defense Mattis Shocked By Lack Of Military Readiness Of U.S.
Via NY Post:
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.