The really transformational thing about a new presidency is all the shiny new cabinet members that get appointed to come along with the new Commander in Chief. This is the part of the system that makes sure that the President is able to work with people he believes that he can trust. The President has appointed 15 top-level cabinet members, as well as various other advisors as well as 12 other White House advisors, directors and administrators.
There was a little bit of controversy over some of his picks (as there always is) and there even had to be some replacements made, but there wasn’t a nomination that made conservatives as overjoyed as the nomination, and subsequent confirmation of James Norman “Mad Dog” Mattis as the 26th and current United States Secretary of Defense, serving in the Trump Administration. This is a guy that spent his entire career in uniform, and there’s nobody more fitting to run the Pentagon than the 66-year-old four-star general.
Mattis made us especially full of joy when he ordered drone strikes within hours of taking his post. ISIS got a brutal snapshot of what the next few years are going to look like with Mad Dog Mattis running the show. Mattis has once again done something that should make the terrorists shake in their boots. His mammoth request for funding to restock weapons and general explosive paraphernalia is one that will make any military loving heart burst with pride.
Via Daily Caller:
“Secretary of Defense James Mattis personally requested more bombs for combat operations against the Islamic State, a top Department of Defense official revealed Tuesday.
Mattis intervened in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget and put in a request for $3.5 billion in ‘preferred munitions’ to replenish weapons stockpiles for the fight against ISIS. The petition pushes procurement for six different weapons to the maximum, acting undersecretary of defense and chief financial officer John Roth explained, according to Defense News.
The six weapons systems include Hellfire missiles, Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS), Small Diameter Bombs (SDBs), Tomahawk missiles, and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS). The Pentagon is requesting missiles for drone strikes, bunker busters, guided rockets, cruise missiles, and other related weaponry for combat against militants in particular.
‘As we closed out this budget, over the last two or three weeks in particular, a great deal of concern was being raised with current inventory levels, particularly given some of the expenditures in the [U.S. Central Command] area of operations,’ Roth told reporters when the Pentagon rolled out its budget, ‘So, the secretary mandated and insisted we fully fund, to the maximum extent possible, the full production capacities for certain selected preferred munitions.’
Mattis said Friday that the Trump administration’s strategy is to ‘annihilate ISIS.’ The aim is to “carry out the annihilation campaign so we don’t simply transplant this problem from one location to another,” he explained.
The Fiscal Year 2018 Pentagon budget puts significant emphasis on munitions. The Pentagon reportedly intends to request $16.4 billion in missiles and munitions — specifically tactical and strategic missiles in addition to conventional ammunition.
From the start of the counter-ISIS operations in 2014 to March 2017, the Pentagon spent roughly $2.8 billion on combat munitions. The budget focuses on replenishing depleted munitions stockpiles, which remain ‘challenged’ by the rapid pace of operations.”
There are a lot of people who go to the government that asks for money for a whole lot of things. In most cases the fiscal conservatives play the party of an angry scrooge, talking about bootstraps and working if you want to eat, but this, this is what our tax dollars are supposed to go to. Not to those who make a profession of working the system and not working, not to indoctrination programs to create sexually confused children. Bombs that will blow the heads off of those who killed our brothers and sisters on September 11th, that’s what they’re taking money out of our pockets for. For the equipment that will keep our current military safe and outfit those who sign their name to keep us safe in the future.
Yes, that’s a lot of money, but if we’re prioritizing, I’d say this enterprise makes the top of the list.
(Source: Daily Caller)
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