Fireworks went off when Rep. Matt Gaetz clashed with Biden’s Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin who was trying to defend his request to increase the defense budget.
Gaetz accused Austin of being too focused on wokeism instead of defining the nation and called the Pentagon out for being behind China and Russia on hypersonic weapons.
“This is the most capable, most combat critical force in the world, it has been and it will be so going forward, and this budget helps us to do that,” Austin said.
“Not if we continue down this path. Not if we continue to embrace socialism,” Gaetz replied.
“The fact that you’re embarrassed by your country, by your military. I’m sorry for that,” Austin shot back.
“Oh no, I’m embarrassed for your leadership,” Gaetz responded. “I am not embarrassed for my country. It’s disgraceful that you would sit here & conflate your failures with those of uniformed service members.”
Gatez started to explain how the US military has fallen behind the Chinese when Austin cut in and asked, “What do you mean? We’re behind in hypersonics? How do you make that assessment?”
There was a lot of cross-talk but then Gaetz added, “your own people brief us that we’re behind and China is winning.”
That shut Austin up.
Gatez was right both China and Russia have successfully tested hypersonic weapons. The USA is struggling to get out of the gate however, it was recently reported there was a successful test a few weeks ago.
Gaetz also piled on the military’s failure to accurately gauge the crisis in Ukraine and Afghanistan.
“You totally blew those calls and maybe we would be better at them if the National Defense University actually worked a little more on strategy and a little less on wokeism,” Gaetz said.
The clip below is the entire exchange, it’s about 5 minutes long but was amazing.
🚨Matt Gaetz drops MOAB on woke Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin:
“I’m embarrassed by YOUR leadership! I’m not embarrassed for my country. It’s disgraceful that you would sit here & conflate your failures with those of uniformed service members.” 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ZTkUBrr6wp
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 5, 2022
Is anybody else wondering why the Pentagon is behind after President Trump signed that $738 billion defense bill?