We have found the enemy and it controls the budget process

Daily Beast:
Mattis: ‘No Enemy’ Has Done More Harm to Military Readiness Than Congress

What’s a worse threat than terror groups, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and even climate change? Congress, according to the defense secretary, who blasted lawmakers to their faces.
Whether the former general can break through the stubborn resistance is yet to be seen, but at least he has identified the problem and articulated it.  The sequestration was the product of trying to control Obama's spendthrift ways on domestic spending.  Democrats are still more interested in vote buying schemes than the national defense.

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