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Today’s Washington Post includes an op-ed by Rep. Duncan Hunter and Pete Hegseth, chief executive of Concerned Veterans for America, calling for a change in leadership at VA. This morning, Secretary Shinseki is before the House VA committee to discuss the VA’s latest budget request.
Time to shake up the dysfunctional VA
By Duncan D. Hunter and Pete Hegseth
When President George W. Bush accepted Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation as defense secretary in November 2006, it was interpreted as an admission that the war in Iraq needed new direction. Widespread dissatisfaction with the war’s progress, reflected in that year’s midterm elections, demanded fresh leadership at the Pentagon. Two years later, after a surge of troops and a new strategy, the war looked much different.
|Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Duncan Hunter was notified by the Navy that the U.S.S. Nimitz, homeported in San Diego since 2001, will stay in Washington State following regular depot maintenance. Congressman Hunter expressed disappointment with the decision and immediately requested additional details from the Navy.
“This decision is really disappointing,” said Congressman Hunter. “The Nimitz is not just an important component of the U.S. naval fleet, but it has also been an important part of the San Diego community for nearly a decade. The Nimitz brought many jobs to San Diego and billions of dollars in economic activity, making this decision all the more difficult to accept.
“Relocating the Nimitz appears to be a decision based more on strategic planning than regional politics. Regardless of the Navy’s reasoning, I want to know more about how the Navy arrived at this decision and why it believes moving the Nimitz out of San Diego – where certain infrastructure and training facilities already exist – is in our national interest. It’s also important to ascertain whether it’s the Navy’s intention to relocate other resources to San Diego as a result.
“What can’t be overlooked is the simple fact that this Administration and Defense Department refuse to build enough ships to meet force projection requirements and prepare for future threats – a point emphasized recently by a bipartisan defense panel recommending expanding the current fleet of 282 ships to 313 ships. The Navy is falling behind in the areas of modernization and readiness, and the relocation of the Nimitz is just another example of a Navy that is undersized and unprepared to face emerging threats.”
Rep. Duncan Hunter pushes Pentagon to put more effort on No. 1 killer of troops…
By MARK WALKER, North County Times
The Pentagon is falling short in its efforts to combat roadside bombs in Afghanistan by failing to appoint a single authority to put resources where they’re needed most, Rep. Duncan Hunter said Wednesday.
The El Cajon Republican, a Marine Corps reservist, said reducing the number of bombs and the carnage they’re inflicting in the southern Helmand province should be a top priority of military commanders.
By the Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/21/lawmaker-pushes-holder-on-sanctuary-cities/print/
Frustrated at the Justice Department‘s lawsuit against Arizona’s new immigration law, a Republican congressman introduced a bill demanding that the attorney general also take action against so-called “sanctuary cities,” which discourage immigration enforcement.
Rep. Duncan Hunter‘s bill is the latest step as lawmakers seek to inject themselves into the debate and force their colleagues to take a stand on the contentious Arizona law. One of those moves failed Wednesday when Republicans tried, but failed, to have the Senate vote on blocking the government’s lawsuit against Arizona.
Washington D.C. – As the Department of Justice goes to court today to block the implementation of Arizona’s immigration law, Congressman Hunter has introduced legislation to deny DOJ any funding to continue challenging the Arizona law until action is taken against sanctuary cities. The legislation – the Sanctuary City Prevention Act – follows a recent report that DOJ is unwilling to force sanctuary cities into compliance with immigration law, despite filing a lawsuit against Arizona on the basis that the state law interferes with federal enforcement duties.
Washington DC – Congressman Hunter has signed two separate amicus briefs supporting Arizona’s immigration law. One brief, written by the Washington Legal Foundation, opposes a lawsuit initiated by the American Civil Liberties Union. The other brief, supported by the House Immigration Reform Caucus, opposes the Obama Administration’s lawsuit to block the implementation of the Arizona immigration law.
“Arizona is moving closer to implementing its new immigration law, but trying to stand in its way are the ACLU and the Obama Administration, which assert that states have no legal recourse to protecting citizens from the dangers of illegal immigration,” said Congressman Hunter. “After decades of opportunity, the federal government continues to ignore the reality that border communities face every day, leaving Arizona no other option. It’s quite possible that other states may soon follow Arizona’s lead.
As a Marine lieutenant in Iraq in 2004, Duncan Hunter was poised for an assault on Fallujah when the order came down from Washington to pull out instead. It was the kind of top-down military decision — which in this case had to be reversed when security in Fallujah later deteriorated — that Hunter hopes will not be repeated in Afghanistan.
Now, five years later and a freshman congressman from California, Hunter is in a much better position to have his voice heard. As an Iraq war veteran, he has been enlisted by the House Republican leadership to help make its case that President Barack Obama should support Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s request for more troops in Afghanistan — and do it soon.