Pentagon Memo Reveals Their Partisan Politics

The leaked Pentagon memo shows they want to play “hardball” with Congressional Republicans.

Paul Ryan and others aren’t happy about a Pentagon memo.

As The Hill reports,

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Republicans are livid after a leaked Pentagon memo revealed the department’s plan to “play hardball” against the House’s proposed defense funding method.

“For this administration, it’s always politics first, even at the Pentagon,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a written statement Tuesday. “This memo details with relish a plan to use a presidential veto of a defense bill as a ‘weapon.’”

The Pentagon says the memo shouldn’t come as a surprise since it has been vocal about its opposition to the defense bills in question. But Republicans say the memo is evidence the Obama administration is playing politics with national security in order to get an equal increase in nondefense spending.

Experts say the tone of the memo, as well as the fact that it was leaked, are shocking, even if its existence is not.

“Even if they do a memo like this every year, pieces of this are surprising,” said Justin Johnson, defense budget expert at The Heritage Foundation. “At least in their sort of aggressive tone.”

It’s unclear, though, whether that aggressive tone will mean lasting damage between the Pentagon and Republican lawmakers.

The Republicans are not spending enthusiastically enough for the Obama-Clinton bureaucrats in the Defense Department. It should come as no surprise to us that they lobby for money and power just like any other connected corporation.

Even though Donald Trump promises funding for the military, he threatens too much potential money to win much support from those who profit from war. It is when you poll the troops that you find a majority support the Republican candidate. As NBC News reports,

Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 19 points — 55 percent to 36 percent — among voters who are currently serving or have previously served in the U.S. military, according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

Hopefully, a new Republican President will choose new leadership at the Pentagon.

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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