Oliver Willis

Republicans Endangering Troops, Defense Secretary Warns

US Secretary of Defense warns about Republican plan that could hurt troops overseas.

“Testifying before the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee, Carter said the plan advocated by Rep. Mac Thornberry of Texas risks money that is critical for warfighting missions at a time when U.S. troops are deployed in fights against the Islamic State group and other extremists.

“While I don’t expect this committee to consider such a proposal, I have to say that this approach is deeply troubling, and flawed for several reasons,” Carter said. “It’s gambling with warfighting money at a time of war — proposing to cut off our troops’ funding in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria in the middle of the year.”” [READ MORE]