Under President Barack Obama, the United States military suffered greatly. Budget cuts damaged its readiness, and a lack of concern on the part of the Obama administration led to some serious problems at military bases — problems that could have cost thousands of lives.
According to the Army Times, a report released in June by the U.S. Department of Defense Inspector General highlighted some of the serious consequences of a lack of funding and overall negligence that was common during the Obama administration.
The report states that in 2016, it was discovered that 1.5 milliliters of sarin gas was missing from the U.S. Army Dugway Proving Ground in Utah (mostly referred to simply as “Dugway.”)
While 1.5 milliliters may not sound like much, the material is so deadly that a single drop the size of the head of a pin is enough to kill an adult human, according to the National Interest — and the army never even knew it was missing.
“Furthermore, Dugway officials did not immediately notify the chemical materials accountability officer of a 1.5-milliliter shortage of the chemical surety material sarin (GB) identified during an April 19, 2016, inventory nor did they properly document the results of that inventory,” read the summary of conclusions of the report.
The report stresses that the missing sarin most likely leaked out, or simply evaporated, due to the use of containers that were as secure as they needed to be for such a chemical.
While there were plenty of “physical security measures” that would prevent the sarin from being stolen, the methods used to verify that all sarin was accounted for were shoddy at best.
Rather than examine the container of sarin to ensure it was all there, for instance, inspectors would simply confirm that a secondary container held the container of sarin.
“Therefore, custodians cannot identify and account for leaks, evaporation or theft that may have occurred,” the report stated.
You can read the full report here.
When it comes to WMDs, there is no such thing as taking too many precautions or being too thorough. And as the Army Times report pointed out, the missing sarin wasn’t the first time the Dugway Proving Ground has been singled out for carelessness with chemical weapons during the Obama administration.
The base was also cited in 2015 when it allowed live anthrax spores to be shipped to almost 200 laboratories in all 50 states and nine foreign countries, the Army Times noted.
President Donald Trump should make it a priority to ensure that this sort of negligence is ended once and for all, and that America’s WMD stockpiles are secure.
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