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Pentagon chief Shanakhan resigned

Patrick Shanahan, Acting US Secretary of Defense since December 2018, said on Tuesday that he was leaving the government because of a “painful and deeply personal family situation” a decade ago that he hoped to keep secret. In his place, the president plans to put Mark Esper, who previously held the post of minister of the army.

The Pentagon has become a cash cow

And about. Pentagon chiefs Patrick Shanahan did an excellent job. But he decided not to continue the approval process, as he wants to spend more time with his family.

- wrote on Twitter the head of the White House, Donald Trump.

It is hard not to feel sympathy for Patrick Shanahan [...] At the same time, no matter how difficult Shanahan is, the changes are probably for the better - for him, his family and country

- argues columnist for Bloomberg publication Eli Lake.

In her opinion, Shanakhan was "out of place" as a civilian leader of the world's largest army. He was not an effective advocate for the interests of his department in the labyrinths of the executive branch. He did not know how to make friends in Congress. And he did not know how to explain the policy of the president to the allies and the public.

He managed to quarrel with the lawmakers on the issue of supply weapons Ukraine, stating that this issue requires study. Then, in 2017, Senator John McCain was so angry that he threatened to run for the post of head of the Pentagon. He also led another senator, Lindsay Graham, one of the most resistant defenders of Trump in Congress, when he refused to elaborate on the president’s plan for withdrawing troops from Syria.

The military budget became with him almost a “cash cow”: according to Eli Lake, the White House disposed of the means invested in it at its discretion, for example, sent them to build a wall on the Mexican border. Shanahan could resist these frauds, but he did not.

Disaster risk

As Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Bernstein points out, with the resignation of Shanahan, the post of deputy minister of defense remains vacant, despite the fact that the candidate has not been nominated. Now, when and. the head of the Pentagon will be Minister of the Army Esper, you will need to replace him with someone. Without a leader, the Air Force Ministry is functioning, who resigned on May 31.

In total, there are still 10 important vacancies in the Pentagon, seven of them without nominees [...] This is a recipe for slow deterioration of normal work [...] and increase the risk of a catastrophe if crisis management is suddenly required

- indicates Bernstein.

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  1. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 19 June 2019 05: 26
    In total, the Pentagon still has 10 important vacancies
    Strange thing, no one wants to command the warriors! More expensive to yourself!
    1. Nevsky_ZU
      Nevsky_ZU 19 June 2019 05: 33
      Read how Sherkhan))) laughing
      1. Uncle lee
        Uncle lee 19 June 2019 05: 36
        Shanahan, HanA-Shan .... Sherkhan - what a difference!
    2. Altona
      Altona 19 June 2019 08: 21
      Quote: Uncle Lee
      Strange thing, no one wants to command the warriors! More expensive to yourself!

      The US military budget, although huge, is insufficient. On this budget, you need to maintain a huge infrastructure of military bases, about 800, plus radars and airfields, to maintain good military equipment, about 3000 aircraft, about 1200 tanks and about 400 ships, including 12 aircraft carriers, plus a bunch of different small equipment. Pay salaries and benefits to military, military women and military gays, about 3 million people. Buy innovative weapons. Here, a cuckoo with a fine mental organization will leave and the whole salary will go to a psychoanalyst, and then there's a family drama. The Minister of Defense should be in a good way an oak.
  2. Thrifty
    Thrifty 19 June 2019 05: 48
    And this Trump "ate" wassat ! So far, figuratively, but they can really eat the next crying lol lol !!!
  3. Exuberant
    Exuberant 19 June 2019 05: 56
    There the Pentagon generally needs to be dispersed with such a huge budget .. In the newest armament, we were ahead of the US by a lot .. Russia would have such a budget and our planet would be .. (joke)))))
  4. Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Obi-Wan Kenobi 19 June 2019 06: 23
    Well gone and gone ...
    Yes and figs with him.
    1. bessmertniy
      bessmertniy 19 June 2019 09: 08
      As for Fig, he most likely stayed. wassat He did not resign.
  5. Machete
    Machete 19 June 2019 07: 57
    Some kind of direct firing post. Ministers of defense how gloves change.
  6. salad
    salad 19 June 2019 08: 12
    Let it burn in hell! Killer!
  7. aszzz888
    aszzz888 19 June 2019 08: 16
    In his place, the president plans to put Mark Esper, who previously held the position Minister of the Army.

    There are no posts! The main thing is ALL at the trough! laughing
  8. shark
    shark 19 June 2019 08: 43
    "because of a" painful and deeply personal family situation "- pinch me, is this the defense minister of one of the most powerful nuclear powers speaking? We with such neighbors on the planet will definitely come to Armedon. It's scary when the Facebook generation comes to power.
  9. Forest
    Forest 19 June 2019 09: 16
    Apparently at the moment they need a crazy one, so let them put Hilary)
  10. knn54
    knn54 19 June 2019 10: 04
    There are two options:
    -said that "Lockheed" screwed up (soft translation) with the F-35.
    - asserted that Boeing would have done better.
  11. Irek
    Irek 19 June 2019 10: 14
    Such a tolerant man was moved, because it allowed the homosexual to serve.