John on December 15, 2009This is the most disturbing, disgusting act I’ve seen in this entire process. Rahm really is a four letter word:
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.Hey, Democrats, how you like that post-partisan administration you elected? Too bad this White House won’t show that kind of bare-knuckle toughness to Iran. But no, they reserve it for America’s military. Give us a win on health care or Strategic Command gets it.
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 this administration playing politics with our national security.
Damn this pisses me off. I try not to get ugly and personal about political stuff, but in this case it’s a real struggle. There’s politics, there’s tough politics and then there’s just plain abuse of power for the sake of power. This falls into that third category.
Let’s see if the Washington Post devotes 1/2 the ink to this Chicago-style arm breaking that they have to Joe Lieberman’s “playing politics” in the last couple days. I’m going to guess not.