Is our National Defense becoming more of a Political bargaining chip and even being used as blackmail? We already KNOW, that buying votes for healthcare Mary Landrieu (D)LA, has already admitted to her $300 Million dollar BRIBERY to get her vote—now that was an expensive call girl! These may just be a few of the latest Chicago Mobster tactics that Al Capone would envy!
LATEST Breaking News: 12-17-09
20 senators demand probe of health-care vote ‘threat’
Did White House say it would close Air Force base if Nelson didn’t play?
Twenty senators are demanding an investigation into reports the Obama administration threatened to close Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska if that state’s Democratic senator, Ben Nelson, didn’t join other Democrats in voting for health-care reform.
The group of 20, all Republicans, today called for a hearing in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., and the committee’s top Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
“Playing politics with our national security”
Michael Goldfarb reports on the tactics employed by the Obama Administration to get Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson’s healthcare vote. In a word, it’s despicable:
According to a Senate aide, the White House is now threatening to put Nebraska’s Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC list if Nelson doesn’t fall into line.
Offutt Air Force Base employs some 10,000 military and federal employees in Southeastern Nebraska. As our source put it, this is a “naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and the White House to extort Nelson’s vote.” They are “threatening to close a base vital to national security for what?” asked the Senate staffer.
Indeed, Offutt is the headquarters for US Strategic Command, the successor to Strategic Air Command, and not by accident. STRATCOM was located in the middle of the country for strategic reasons. Its closure would be a massive blow to the economy of the state of Nebraska, but it would also be another example of thisadministration playing politics with our national security.
An interesting link to the base:
Battelle has won a Defense Department contract for nearly $10 million to study methods for safeguarding the nation’s dams in the event of an outside attack. The work is the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.