Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared at a press conference of the Department of Defense that a debt ceiling default would bring “significant economic implications that would translate into severe economic consequences.”
There’s no doubt that if we defaulted on our debt and failed to reach an agreement about the debt ceiling, it would have a significant impact on readiness, morale, and capabilities in the United States Military. I think there would also be reputational damage on the international stage… I believe it would be extremely, very important without a question in that it has clear, unambiguous consequences for national security.
A general officer in active service, who is a member of the US military, has inserted himself, contrary to what he said, into a debate about politics that does not affect national security.
It is unprecedented for a Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman to make a statement on a domestic dispute. This is not only a meddling of domestic politics, as Milley did in the last days of Trump’s administration, but it is also a fatuous bullsh**. The issue is not a lack of funding or a shutdown, but a default by the US Treasury on its obligations.
Biden’s Military Chiefs are armed to serve Biden
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The Biden Defense Department’s weaponization of the US military’s entire leadership to push Joe Biden’s agenda is more troubling than Milley’s statement.
Chiefs of the U.S. Military warned that failure to solve the debt ceiling crisis could have devastating effects on their ability to protect the country.
Fagan stated during a panel discussion held by the Council on Foreign Relations on May 22, “Having a predictable, reliable budget is essential to building the frontline readiness the nation expects of our military.”
The Coast Guard’s ability to ensure national security and provide it to the nation is affected by any uncertainty. This creates doubt and uncertainty in the Joint Forces.
Instability and uncertainty in the debt ceiling crisis can cause “problems at a global level,” according to Gen. B. Chance Saltzman.
He said that financial stability increased credibility. In this age of great power competition we must remember, that with our allies and partners, it is a battle over the narrative. Who controls the story? What is a rule-based order?”
He added that demonstrating stability in an “environment relative to dangerous” helps maintain a narrative that supports U.S. interests.
Air Force Chief Charles “CQ”, Brown, Jr., and Army Chief James McConville both highlighted the negative effects of missing paychecks on servicemembers, ranging from a decrease in morale to uncertainty about feeding their families. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said that the United States defaulting on the debt ceiling was a situation “that we have never experienced before”, making it hard to predict any subsequent effects.
Gilday stated that “there are impacts on sailors, military personnel and their families but also…the arsenal of democracy in America, which supports all that we do, would be drastically affected.” “I believe the confidence piece is absolutely crucial here — not only allies and partners as they view the United States, but also our confidence in ourselves which is so critical in a combat force.
He added, “I don’t think it is a joke to say that this could be catastrophic.”
Gilday replied that it was difficult to predict how long before a default would lead to a catastrophe. It wouldn’t be long if people couldn’t rely on a paycheck and if industries could not rely on the flow of money to pay their employees.
The Debt Ceiling and “Crises” in Default Are Not Rare
Looking back at the past twenty years, it is clear that debt ceiling crises have occurred almost every other year. Here is a list.
In August 2001, the debt ceiling was increased by $845 billion.
In October 2006, the debt ceiling was increased by $800 billion.
In May 2008, the debt ceiling was increased by $700 billion.
In August 2011, the debt ceiling was increased by $2.1 trillion.
In October 2013, the debt ceiling was increased by $400 billion.
In December 2015, the debt ceiling was increased by $1 trillion.
2017: The debt limit was suspended until 1 March 2019.
In September 2019, the debt ceiling was increased by $200 billion.
In about a third of cases, we are also on the verge of default.
2001: The US was just days away from defaulting on its debts when Congress failed to pass a budget. Bush and Congress agreed at the last minute to pass a budget that included a provision raising the debt ceiling.
2011: The US was just hours away from defaulting on its debts when Congress failed to raise the debt ceiling. Barack Obama and Congress came to an agreement at the last minute to raise the debt ceiling.
Congress failed to increase the debt ceiling in 2013, and the US was days away from defaulting on its debt. Barack Obama and Congress came to an agreement at the last minute to raise the debt ceiling.
This is the first occasion that the chiefs of the military services have been sent to the White House.
Banana Republic: One step closer
Joe Biden’s misrule has seen the US taking the first tentative steps toward banana republic status. The law and administration of elections had been designed to prevent vote fraud. The FBI made the short leap from a police force out of control to a Democrat goon team. Persecuting people for their political views has become part of our culture. We are witnessing the first attempt ever to jail a former President for political crimes. We are in a debt crisis and our currency is devaluing at a rate that rivals Argentina. Our historically apolitical army is now geared to Joe Biden’s political goals.