Rubén Gallego Questions U.S. Military Readiness
Congressman Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) is demanding that the military give an assessment of its readiness in light of some “unplanned expenses.” The LA Times last week published a memo written by the Marine Corps Commandant in which he warned the Navy that these unplanned expenses, including southwest border operations, are posing an “unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency.” Numerous exercises and trainings have been canceled and reduced, and the Commandant wrote that the cancellations are affecting military readiness and resulting in “extremely negative impacts” to the joint force. Gallego, a former Marine Corps member and Iraq War veteran, on Friday sent a letter to the Military Service Chiefs requesting a full accounting of unplanned and unbudgeted factors managed by the military this fiscal year, as well as lists of canceled, delayed, or reduced trainings and exercises, and the effects thereof. “Military leaders are sounding the alarm about Donald Trump’s reckless decision to use our troops as a political pawn in support of his fake emergency, and we need to listen and act,” Gallego said. “Our military must be ready to face very real threats that exist worldwide, and Trump’s irresponsible posturing is putting that preparedness at great risk. Congress needs to know the extent of the damage that Trump is causing to our military readiness. Our President is putting our national security on the line, and he must be stopped.” Read the full letter here.