Tuberville fumes as Biden blocks Space Command move to Alabama: 'This is absolutely not over'
"This decision to bypass the three most qualified sites looks like blatant patronage politics, and it sets a dangerous precedent that military bases are now to be used as rewards for political supporters rather than for our security," he stated.
Alabama Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville vowed to contest President Joe Biden's decision to keep U.S. Space Command in Colorado rather than move it to the Yellowhammer state as originally planned.
The president's decision became public on Monday and was reportedly the result of Space Command chief Gen. James Dickinson convincing the commander-in-chief to keep the facility in its current location to prevent any impact on military readiness.
"This is absolutely not over. I will continue to fight this as long as it takes to bring Space Command where it would be best served—Huntsville, Alabama," the Coach declared in a press release. "Today’s disastrous mistake just adds to the long string of bad decisions that this compromised President has made. He is batting 1000 in that category since taking office."
The decision comes as Tuberville feuds with the White House and the Pentagon over the Department of Defense's policy of providing paid leave and travel for servicemembers to obtain abortions in states where it is legal. Tuberville has placed a blanket hold on military nominations in protest of that policy, which the White House has said undermines military readiness.
"The Biden Administration has been talking a lot about readiness over the past few months, but no Administration has done more to damage our military readiness in my lifetime," Tuberville asserted. "They’ve politicized our military, destroyed our recruiting, misused our tax dollars for their extremist social agenda, and now they are putting Space Command headquarters in a location that didn’t even make the top three."
"They are doing this at a time when space is only becoming more important for national security. It is also shameful that the Administration waited until Congress had gone into recess and already passed next year’s defense budget before announcing this decision," he continued. "The top three choices for Space Command headquarters were all in red states—Alabama, Nebraska, and Texas. Colorado didn’t even come close."
The Coach further attributed the decision to apparent partisan politics, connecting Biden's order to the Centennial state's left-leaning politics.
"This decision to bypass the three most qualified sites looks like blatant patronage politics, and it sets a dangerous precedent that military bases are now to be used as rewards for political supporters rather than for our security," he concluded.
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