Marine to Reid: Stop 'Posturing' on 'Backs of Dead Marines'
Andrew Johnson & Nathaniel Botwinick
Marine Corps officials are accusing majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) of “pure political posturing” for implying that the Hawthorne Army Depot explosion that killed seven Marines today in Nevada was a consequence of the sequester.
While offering his condolences on the Senate floor this morning, Reid cited defense cuts caused by sequestration and warned that these types of cuts put members of the military at risk.
NBC’s Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski reported that Marine Corps officials took serious issue with Reid’s implication that the explosion was a result of sequester cuts, and said that was not the reason for the accident. One official went so far as to say Reid was doing “nothing but pure political posturing on the backs of these dead Marines.” They told Miklaszewski that the live-fire training exercise was planned well in advance and would not have taken place if they felt the Marines were at risk because of the cuts.