In a Feb. 26 article for the Hoover Institution, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis expanded upon his Jan. 27 address to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Mattis, who retired in May 2013, criticized sequestration on the grounds that it erodes the military’s capacity to perform, and hurts morale.
“No foe in the field can wreck such havoc on our security that mindless sequestration is achieving,” wrote Mattis. “Ultimately we need the foresight of the Armed Services Committee, acting in its sentinel and oversight role, to draw us out of the reactive stance we’ve fallen into and chart a strategic way ahead.”
The article reads like an appeal rather than an indictment, with the former commander of U.S. Central Command beseeching the committee to make financial decisions with an eye toward their strategic impact.