REACTING TO: 2012 Robert Steele: Reflections on the US Military — Severe Cuts Essential — and a Prerequisite to Creating a 450-Ship Navy, a Long-Haul Air Force, and an Air-Liftable Army + Sanity RECAP
24 December 2012
Much of how DOD will respond to falling budgets and the challenges of 2013 will depend on who President Obama selects to be SecDef. This is why I am hoping that Senator Chuck Hagel will be chosen. Yet he alone will be unable to do much of anything to solve DOD’s systemic problems of incompetence, corruption, and dereliction of duty. He will need to fire the existing senior civilian and military bureaucrats who have made maintaining the dysfunctional status quo an art form and who will fight any change tooth and nail. The senator in short needs to surround himself with people like yourself who will not be afraid to change the moribund operations and culture of DOD.
So what are the Senator’s chances of becoming SecDef? I don’t think they are very good at all. Although I don’t normally agree with Gordon Duff’s opinions, I think he is right about how the pro-Israeli lobbies and neo-cons will oppose the conformation of Senator Hagel. There will also be considerable opposition to him from the military-industrial-
This is a shame because it will cost us yet another good public servant and a thinker who could actually transform U.S. National Security.
If you want peace fight for justice.