The United States Marine Corps is without a Commandant in Chief for a day. Nothing like this has happened in a hundred and fifty years. Gen. David Berger, the commandant of the Marine Corps, has resigned as head of the military after his order expired on Monday. But the Congress has not yet chosen his vice-chancellor.
All of this was opposed by Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville, a college football coach from Alabama. Because of his opposition to the US Department of Defense’s views on abortion, Tuberville blocked the appointment of a new commandant of the Marine Corps, which was somewhat more progressive than Tuberville’s midterm views.
Due to Tuberville’s insistence, the army was now without a commander-in-chief for the first time since 1859 – possibly because then-commander Archibald Henderson had died while on duty.
As of Monday, the Marine Corps will be led by outgoing General Berger’s deputy, General Eric Smith, as an administrator. In any case, Smith is expected to remain commander-in-chief, and his appointment is widely supported. What’s more, according to the Senate’s regular rules, nominations made by the Pentagon are usually accepted by the Senate unanimously without debate. Because of Tuberville’s opposition, the Pentagon’s usual set of nominations must now be voted on separately, and this time the nomination of more than two hundred senior officials must be voted on separately. This process can take several months.
“What the senator is doing is endangering our national security. Rightly so,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre commented on Tuberville’s cruelty. Tuberville, on the other hand, denies that his protest will have any real consequences, since all candidates can serve as caretakers until they are officially appointed. It is true, somewhat paradoxically, that he himself admits that his opposition affects the top leadership of the armed forces, but according to him, “it does not affect those who are actually fighting”. Interesting coming from someone who was one in his previous life
Disgusting Football team He is his head coach, semi-commander-in-chief. (via Guardian)