“The Limits of SysAdmin,” by Thomas Barnett, Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog, 7 May 2005, http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/archives2/001757.html.
“Ellsworth,” by Quentin Riggins, South Dakota Politics, 11 May 2005, http://southdakotapolitics.blogs.com/south_dakota_politics/2005/week19/index.html#a0004665723.
CCK and Liberals Against Terrorism, as well as AP through National Public Radio, and Kelo, and KSFY, are saying that Ellsworth AFB is going to close. I thank Bush, Rumsfeld, and Daschle for making this possible.
Noted geostrategist and Kerry vote TPM Barnett recently criticized blood pork Senators
The push to get out of Iraq is getting serious, as I don’t think Chairman Myers testimony on his way out the door was in the same backward-glancing manner of Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki last year on the question of troop levels in Iraq. I think Myers is voicing the same concern I hear when I visit military commands down in Florida: the sense that if the White House wants further actions in the Global War on Terror, it better figure out how to make the SysAdmin load lighter in Iraq.
Same basic logic drives the report of the Overseas Basing Commission: that sense of being so heavily concentrated in the Middle East when there’s still unfinished business of the most crucial sort in Northeast Asia. Expect the Pentagon to begin arguing for a diminished role in the region as it anticipates a build-up toward an inevitable showdown with North Korea.
Meanwhile, expect Congress to engage in all sorts of idiotic arguments to stave off base closings in their states and districts. Isn’t it amazing how congressmen and women who don’t know their elbows from their a–holes on defense get all uppity on the Pentagon’s judgement whenever their slices of the pork pie are put at risk? “Reality check” my ass.
I am truly happy that my former Senator, Tom Daschle, was not one of these men. The Ellsworth Air Force Base in Box Elder, South Dakota would not have closed without Daschle’s leadership
The liberal bloggers are aghast that someone would point out Senator Daschle’s and Senator Johnson’s role in the creation of the 2005 round of military base closures (Known as Base Realignment and Closure or BRAC). All of their foul-mouthed vitriol is much sound and fury; signifying nothing. The 2005 BRAC round did not just magically spring into existence. It took an act of Congress. That act of Congress occurred during the Daschle-led Senate’s debate in September, 2001, over the fiscal year 2002 defense authorization bill. The bill contained a provision authorizing another BRAC round in 2003 (in conference negotiations, the year was changed to 2005). The House DID NOT HAVE a BRAC provision in their version of the authorization bill, and in fact was adamantly opposed to the idea. When a group of senators tried to introduce an amendment to take the BRAC provision out of the defense authorization bill, Daschle marshalled the votes to defeat the amendment, and explicitly voted to defeat it, as did Senator Johnson. At every point where the 2005 BRAC round could easily have been prevented, Senate MAJORITY Leader Daschle did all he could to push it forward. He explicitly voted for a new BRAC round, and appointed Senate conferees who refused to back down from keeping the provision authorizing the 2005 BRAC round, despite heavy opposition to it from the House conferee
While Daschle played political games like everyone else, this rationalization of America’s defense would not have been possible without Senator Thomas Daschle’s leadership.
Thank you, Tom.