Last week, one of the bigger stories of the cycle was the disappearance of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
Austin had surgery for prostate cancer on December 22, 2023, then ran into some complications on January 1, and he was admitted to Walter Reed.
The White House had not been informed of any of this, even though Austin has transferred some of his powers over to his deputy, a move that now even has some Democrats calling for his resignation.
Has to Go
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) clearly did not get the memo that you are supposed to defend the Biden administration no matter what.
Moulton was livid about Austin’s disappearing act, saying, "I would fire him in about five minutes.”
He continued, "I can’t imagine that happening at the lowest levels of the military chain of command, like where I was, as a mere lieutenant platoon commander in Iraq.
"I can’t even imagine it happening when I was a 15-year-old busboy. If I was going to be out for a week, I had to tell my boss."
I made that exact point on Friday and Saturday, stating that there was not a single person reading that post who could miss a week of work, then call their boss up and say, “Hey, I told my wife to call, but she had the flu and never did.”
The “flu” reference was in response to the White House saying that Austin’s Chief of Staff had the flu and did not communicate his whereabouts until well after the fact.
And just to be clear, this goes well beyond party lines, as I would be saying the same thing if this was a GOP administration.
Biden has us involved in two different wars, and tensions with Iran are at an all-time high, yet the Secretary of Defense went off the grid without telling the president of the United States.
Just consider that in the off-chance we had to respond to a nuclear strike, Joe Biden would have had to respond in about 15 minutes, and he would have been calling Austin, who was out of the loop and recovering in the hospital from a procedure that Joe Biden did not know he was having.
This is about our national security. There is no doubt in my mind that Austin needs to be relieved of his duties.