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0825, 10 Jan 24

Defense Secretary Has Cancer

A couple of days ago, the Pentagon was insisting that Austin went in for an “elective” surgery. That was a lie. Now we learn that he has cancer and never even told his boss about it. Austin’s judgment is incredibly flawed and he has allowed our national security to be threatened by his selfish behavior.

President Joe Biden was only told that US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin was being treated for cancer on Tuesday, the White House has said.

Mr Austin, 70, was admitted to hospital on 1 January and then to the intensive care unit for complications following surgery in December.

He has faced criticism for not telling senior officials about it for days.




At a press briefing on Tuesday, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that President Biden was only informed that day about the diagnosis of prostate cancer.

“Nobody at the White House knew that Secretary Austin had prostate cancer until this morning,” he said.




Doctors for Mr Austin said a check up in December 2023 “identified prostate cancer which required treatment”.


Mr Austin underwent a “minimally invasive surgical procedure” at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the nation’s top military hospital, on 22 December to remove the cancer. He was under general anaesthesia for this procedure.

He returned to hospital on 1 January 2024 after experiencing “complications”, and an evaluation revealed a urinary tract infection. He was transferred to the intensive care unit the next day for further treatment, including for “abdominal fluid collections impairing the function of his small intestines”.


0825, 10 January 2024


  1. Merlin

    Further proof that there is absolutely nothing the Biden clown show can’t screw up. They just make stuff up as they go along with complete indifference regarding consequences. All chaos all the time.

  2. dad29

    Austin’s judgment is incredibly flawed

    That’s why Biden (or someone) appointed him, Owen. It’s also why Austin took the job working for Biden (or someone.)

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