Patrick Shanahan at senate confirmation hearings for him as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Image by CSPAN (cropped image)) PermissionDetailsDMCA
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The appointment of Patrick Shanahan as acting Secretary of Defense is a grotesque joke, the kind you might see in the Onion. Imagine the Onion headline:
Trump Cuts Out Middleman, Appoints Boeing Exec to Head Defense Dept to Expedite boost of Military Spending
Shanahan never served in the military. That could be a really good thing if the right non-military person was appointed. But Shanahan has spent most of his career as a player in the military industrial complex, working at Boeing from 1986 through 2017, when he was appointed by Donald Trump as Assistant Secretary of Defense.
It's almost like this appointment pierces the veil that the US military serves a purpose other than producing massive profits for companies within the military industrial complex.
At least with James Mattis we had someone who had some experience in the military, some experience of losing soldiers to death. Now we face a situation where we have a businessman running the military.
Personally, I'd like to see Secretary of Defense be someone who is known for opposing war. That's not going to happen. It will be interesting to see how the actual military responds to this appointment.
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Finally, it appears that Trump has taken a strategy of avoiding getting congressional approval of appointees by dumping people, then appointing "Acting" replacements. This should be illegal. An "Acting" Department head should only be allowed to be appointed if there is a vacancy, not because the president is firing someone.
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Shanahan confirmation hearing in senate. I randomly selected a spot to hear a portion of the 1.5 hour hearing and there, he talks about needing enough inventory. Inventory-- that's what Boeing sells the military. It's clear how this man thinks. McCain say (Image by YouTube, Channel: wwwMOXNEWScom) PermissionDetailsDMCA
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