An explosion at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada killed seven Marines Monday night and left several more injured according to reports confirmed in a statement from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. The cause of the accident is said to be “under investigation.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who lost loved ones and those who are currently receiving treatment for their injuries.
As I said above, the explosion occurred at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. That’s Harry Reid country, which means he immediately had something to say about the tragic loss of life. Sadly, he chose to exploit the loss of life to press his political agenda. Never let a crisis go to waste.
I’ve posted two videos below. The first shows Harry Reid addressing sequester and implying it had a hand in the tragic accident. The second was released by Harry Reid’s office and stops just as the Senate Majority Leader begins playing politics with a tragedy. Perhaps, even his staffers realized his comments were in poor taste.
HARRY REID: As I indicated, it was quite a big explosion. We’ll follow this news very closely. I will do whatever I can going forward to support the United States military and the families of the fallen Marines.
Mr. President, it’s very important we continue training our military, so important. But one of the things in sequester is we cut back in training and maintenance. That’s the way sequester was written. Now, the bill that’s on the floor, we hope to pass today helps that a little bit. At least in the next six months, it allows the military some degree of ability to move things around a little bit. Flexibility, we call it, and that’s good. But we have to be very vigilant. This sequester should go away. We have cut already huge amounts of money in deficit reduction. It’s just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can’t train and do the maintenance necessary.
These men and women, our Marines were training there in Hawthorne. And with this sequester, it’s going to cut back this stuff. I just hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military. They are significant, being away from home, away from families, away from their country.