The Weekly Standard today has reported that according to an aide to Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, The White House has threatened the Senator in an effort to get him to "fall in line."
According to this aide, the White House is threatening to put Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base on the BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) list if Nelson doesn't fall into line and vote yea on the Dingy Harry Reid Hates America Act of 2009. According to the source, this is a "naked effort by Rahm Emanuel and the White House to extort Nelson's vote." They are "threatening to close a base vital to national security for what?" asked the Senate staffer.
Offutt Air Force Base employs some 10,000 military and federal employees in Southeastern Nebraska. Additionally, Offutt is the headquarters for US Strategic Command, the successor to Strategic Air Command, and not by accident. STRATCOM was located in the middle of the country for strategic reasons.
The closure of Offutt Air Force Base would be a massive blow to the economy of the state of Nebraska, and it would also be another example of this administration playing politics with our national security.