Pentagon, DefSec Under Fire

( – After some screw-ups from the inside of the Biden Administration, the consequences of poor communication in the White House only bring more and more criticism to Joe Biden’s time in office, and the people who he trusts the most, like the Defense Secretary.

This week, criticism has come from both sides of the aisle in the Senate towards Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and the Pentagon.

The issue? How they handled information about Austin’s recent hospital stay. After undergoing a procedure for prostate cancer, complications arose, leading to Austin’s hospitalization. A classified review of these events was released by the Pentagon, revealing some missteps in communication.

Secretary Austin openly admitted to mistakes in handling the situation. “I should have told the president about my cancer diagnosis. I should have also told my team and the American public, and I take full responsibility,” he stated during a press briefing. Austin’s admission comes after the frustration of senators following a classified briefing on the matter.

“The secretary has taken responsibility; he is clearly responsible,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., to the news.

She noted, however, that the review found no malicious intent behind the Pentagon’s actions. “I don’t think there was anything untoward. My view is to never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by incompetence,” Shaheen added.

Calls for transparency have emerged, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., urging that the classified report be made public. “I have very strong, severe questions remaining for the Pentagon as to how this seeming concealment was handled, and I think there ought to be some public accountability,” Blumenthal expressed.

In the end, Blumenthal didn’t suggest disciplinary actions but made perfectly clear that the facts of this case must be revealed to the public because it’s very important for American citizens to know the details of this matter.