Thornberry; Obama holdovers thwart Mattis’ attempts to rebuild Pentagon

| February 17, 2017

The Daily Caller reports that Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services Mac Thornberry told the media that Defense Secretary James Mattis is having trouble rebuilding the military because of Obama holdovers;

“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,”


Thornberry emphasized that Mattis can’t solve the problem by himself, and that the slow process of filling defense roles at the Pentagon is preventing the Trump administration from fulfilling its promise to rebuild the military. He also said the issue goes beyond budgets, and that the U.S. has a moral obligation to support the troops.

That’s no surprise, and it’s why Mattis was hired for the job. I expect Mattis to erect gallows in the Pentagon parking lot. Or guillotines.

It’s the way things work; the Left dismantles the defense structure so they can feel good about themselves hoping that the Right will rebuild it.

Thanks to Mick for the link.

Category: Big Pentagon

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  1. ChipNASA says:

    Just practicing.

  2. The Other Whitey says:

    Well, he did say the swamp needed to be drained.

  3. Dustoff says:

    Went through the same thing when Reagan took over in the early 80s from Carter. The post Vietnam “malaise”. I remember it well. I feel however with Mad Dog in charge, change (for the good) will come.

  4. 68W58 says:

    Mattis vs. some career bureaucrats? Mattis will bathe in their tears and water the Pentagon lawns with their blood. And he won’t need gallows or a guillotine, his name is a wierding word.

  5. OWB says:

    Cost more money? How much does it cost to transfer the problem children out to some plum assignments (like cleaning porta potties in Antarctica) elsewhere and transfer good people in?

    • Sj says:

      The SEAS Mafia is strong and embedded. Won’t be easy. Mad Dog is the best hope.

    • Just An Old Dog says:

      Having been in one of his commands I can tell you this: Mattis isn’t one to let a shit bag shuffle off and retire quietly at your 20 or 30 year mark.
      If you aren’t doing your fucking job he has no problem telling you to GTFO.
      If there is a flag officer who doesn’t get in line Mad Dog will hand them a check out sheet quicker than a cat can lick it’s own ass.

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    Gallows or guillotines? How poetic!

    Gee whiz, it is not even a full month into this new administration and the baboons — er, BUFFOONS – that’s it, buffoons – still think they’re the Big Cheeses.

    I wonder how long it will take to remind them that they aren’t.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Methinks it will take a while, the 0bamite leftovers are busy acting like extra-delinquent juveniles trying to break what they can. let’s not forget that the previous POTUS went on a hiring frenzy to fill vacancies in bureaucracies and I’m sure that’s where the little shits are, like roaches hiding under a refrigerator.

  7. Just An Old Dog says:

    The past 8 years have allowed the SJW to infiltrate into the top ranks of the military.
    Those that put the leftist agenda of treating the military as a socialist experiment need to be purged from the ranks.

    • Eden says:


    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      “Those that put the leftist agenda of treating the military as a socialist experiment need to be purged from the ranks.”

      Post haste and with a VENGEANCE.

      • Mike says:

        Yes. I second the guillotines ad gallows. Or firing squad, burning at the stake, whatever. Pour encourager les autres.

        Obama worked hard to purge the military of effective combat leaders and replace them with SJW insurgents whose goal is to degrade it, not enhance.

        Treasonous is not too strong a word.

    • OldSoldier54 says:

      “Those that put the leftist agenda of treating the military as a socialist experiment need to be purged …”

      … with EXTREME prejudice.

  8. Luddite4Change says:

    Washington just doesn’t work that fast. While I’d like to point the finger at Obama hold overs, its pointless when the current administration hasn’t nominated people for the critical 2nd and 3rd tier position in the Pentagon bureaucracy (USD for Policy, USD P & R, USD-I, all the Assistant Secretaries).

    • jonp says:

      I think that what is happening is that Trump releys on those in charge of the different departments to handle the people under them. Trump puts them in charge, lets them hire who they think will do the job and will ok the picks. The Dems are obstructing this with every tantrum in their bodies. Once the cabinet and senior positions are filled it will roll along much faster. Remember, we are only 3 weeks in.

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        I have to agree, I’ve already read plenty of accounts of the previous administration’s holdovers doing all they can to sabotage the transition to President Trump’s Administration, they’re acting like spoiled toddlers with dirty diapers having a hissyfit!

  9. Stacy0311 says:

    Dear Secretary Mattis,
    You don’t have to knife hand ALL of the asshats in the Pentagon. Just 10~15. The rest of them will get the message and pack their trash.

    Feel free to call if you need help hauling bodies out.


  10. DataDawgDVX says:

    Sounds like Mad Dog and those who support him, including myself, need to consider options to give him all possible aid and assistance, to include doing whatever may be possible to render those persons who oppose efforts to reinstate military strength and readiness to the point where the United States may defend itself in the event of any possible conflicts or other contingency, inoperable or otherwise no longer capable of offering such opposition and obstructions. Whether this involves forcing such persons into permanent disability retirement confining them to their residences, administering to them corporal discipline measures including the use of “blanket parties”, inducing their exposure to diseases of the kind rendering them incapable of health, or whatever needs to be done to accomplish the task of taking those holdovers that prefer deference to Barack Obama and or his traitorous colleagues, and rendering them no longer capable of offering problems.

  11. jonp says:

    trump seems to be the type of guy that hires the most competent people he can and then sets them loose with the faith they will do the job. I think Mattis is about to stomp some ass and all those ass licking social climbers in the Dept Of Defense that went upwards because they went along and not because they are competent are in for a rude awakening. This goes for the other departments as well.
    Adults are now in charge and they are harsh task masters. Produce or leave. Get in the way, get run over