No Wonder Austin Stayed Out of Sight
In This Administration Bed is the Safest Place to Be.
It’s been a sad month for American military power, unless we count the true yardstick by which the military industrial complex measures success: spending, now slated to hit (at least) $886 billion this year. Otherwise the scene all around is one of reckless aggression coupled with incompetence and disarray. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin went AWOL to hide in Walter Reade hospital for a week, and no one noticed. Word from inside the administration is that Austin was eager to keep his ailment secret from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, the erstwhile paper-pusher who now relishes his role as warlord, issuing direct operational orders to generals and admirals down the chain of command.