The US military is being used as a bargaining chip against Republicans by the Biden administration. The military has announced that it doesn’t have enough money to buildup arms in the area of the middle east. That is total bullshit.
First, everyone that is in the military gets paid, fed, and treated for medical problems whether they are in the Middle East, or sitting on their asses stateside.
Second, between missing recruiting goals and all of the people they kicked out for refusing the vaccine, the military is below their budgeted personnel strength by tens of thousands, meaning that they are under budget by tens of millions of dollars.
Third, it’s the beginning of the fiscal year. They have money.
Fourth, the nuclear powered ships don’t cost anything to deploy. Their reactor fuel lasts for decades.
Fifth, the conventional ships spend more than half of their time sailing around in pointless circles. They can do that over there at the same cost as they do on this side of the world. In fact, one of the battle groups (the Eisenhower) was scheduled to be there anyway.
In the end, we are talking about a single battlegroup and a couple of aircraft squadrons. How much can that really cost? This is posturing intended to put pressure on Republicans to give Biden his budget money.