The US military is being prevented from achieving full readiness by Obama appointees in attempts to frustrate Defense Secretary James Mattis in his efforts.
As reported by the Daily Caller,
“Holdovers from the Obama administration in the Pentagon are hampering efforts to fix the military’s major readiness problem, leaving Secretary of Defense James Mattis alone in his efforts to properly equip U.S. forces, according to the chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services.”
Mattis appears to be fighting a one man battle against Obama’s Pentagon officials. However, news of the struggle has become more prominent through the press conferences held by Thornberry who said:
“I am concerned that … to fix these problems [it] is going to take a lot more money, and yet a lot of the folks who are coming up with the budget to fix them are the same people who have been fighting every step of the way against our efforts to fix these problems,”
“I think it is wrong, immoral to ask men and women to go carry out a military mission for which they are not fully equipped, and fully trained, and fully supported,”
“And whether that is a counter-terrorism operation or a freedom of navigation operation in the south China sea, or whatever; if you ask somebody to go out there and risk their lives, you darn well better give them the best and fully support them.”