Obama Fires CentComm Commanding General
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“animis opibusque parati”
Since: Oct 12
#1 Jan 25, 2013
How many U.S. military leaders has Obama lost or canned? His disrespect toward this legendary military leader will not sit well with the Corps --hope Obama wasn't counting on their personal loyalty.
Obama Fires Top General Without Even a Phone Call
by Daniel Halper @ The Weekly Standard
President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced.
"I am told that General Mattis was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central Command. It was news to him -- he hadn't received a phone call or a heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House," Thomas E. Ricks reports.
In another post, Ricks says Mattis was fired because:
Pentagon insiders say that he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way -- not because he went all "mad dog," which is his public image, and the view at the White House, but rather because he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran. Some of those questions apparently were uncomfortable. Like, what do you do with Iran once the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe? What do you do if Iran then develops conventional capabilities that could make it hazardous for U.S. Navy ships to operate in the Persian Gulf? He kept saying, "And then what?"
There is also a belief that Mattis and Obama differed on Iran. "A particular point of disagreement was what to do about mischief Iran is exporting to other countries. Mattis is indeed more hawkish on this than the White House was," writes Ricks in yet another post.
"National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in particular was irked by Mattis's insistence on being heard. I cringe when I hear about civilians shutting down strategic discussions. That is exactly what the Bush administration did in late 2002 when generals persisted in questioning whether it was wise to invade Iraq. That led to what some might call a fiasco."
Another article on Gen. Mattis' career, from the San Diego Tribune:
Memorable Mattis quotes:
ďYou go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap around women for five years because they didnít wear a veil. You know guys like that ainít got no manhood left anyway, so itís a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."
"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."
"Fight with a happy heart."
"Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until theyíre so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact."
"Itís very hard to live with yourself if you donít stick with your moral code."
"I donít believe in demonizing the enemy. I donít patronize them either."
"There are some people who think you have to hate them in order to shoot them. I donít think you do. Itís just business."
"I come in peace. I didnít bring artillery. But Iím pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you f* with me, Iíll kill you all."
Since: Dec 11
#2 Jan 25, 2013
I was scratching my head about why they would can him until I read his quotes. It's very simple, he loves his country and will fight for it. He knows who the enemy is and this is unacceptable to Obamatons because we just want to get along with the camel jockeys. Doesn't Obama wear a cresent moon ring? Soon the Dept of Defense will have a guy who loves the enemy and hates those allied with us. Just clearing the deck I'd say. If nothing the Obums are consistent.
#3 Jan 25, 2013
Is Obama trying to replace all the hard nose Generals with pansies or what? And to not even pick up the phone and call. Have a staffer pass you a note? Really? What a classless ass Obama is!
Since: Dec 11
#4 Jan 25, 2013
He's not trying. He is doing.
“animis opibusque parati”
Since: Oct 12
#5 Feb 20, 2013
The Disturbing Pattern: Obama Rids America's Military of yet Another Top General
It's a developing pattern of this Obama White House.
Barack Obama cashiered yet another battle-seasoned American general Tuesday, even as the war in Afghanistan continues along with numerous other serious global threats to United States security.
This is the fourth senior officer Obama has forced from the country's service.
All four were tied somehow to the Afghanistan mess that Obama has long argued was the most important war. Each departure was staged as a resignation. They were usually tied to some personal indiscretions to save face for Obama, who would know of indiscretions as a product of the corrupt Chicago Democrat machine.
There was Gen. David McKiernan, the four-star who lead U.S. ground forces during the successful lightning Iraq invasion. He was asked to resign command of allied forces in Afghanistan just four months into Obama's presidency in 2009. Never fully explained, but the implication was administration dissatisfaction with the war's progress.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, a special ops veteran who was McKiernan's successor. He resigned when his staff was quoted making derogatory comments to an embedded journalist about the administration in general and VP Joe Biden in particular. If mocking Megamind Biden is worthy of resignation, then most of America needs to step down by lunch today.
Gen. David Petraeus, the archictect of the surge and successful counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq, was demoted from Central Command to return to lead the Afghan war. After that successful tour Obama named him director of the Central Intelligence Agency, which required his military resignation after nearly four decades of service.
Obama and Biden were too busy to attend the traditional farewell ceremonies for such a general officer across town. But they were willing to let Petraeus take a large part of the fall for their unexplained absences during the 9/11 terror attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi and denied the consulate's repeated pleas for rescue.
Then somehow word got out that Petraeus, regularly rumored as a Republican presidential candidate someday, had an affair with his biographer. He "offered" to resign and, by golly, Obama felt he had to accept.
Now, comes Marine Gen. John Allen, the latest Afghan war commander. He did such a good job in that military quagmire that Obama named him to lead all U.S. and NATO forces in Europe. But then somehow word leaked that Allen had engaged in flirtatious e-mail exchanges with a married socialite in Tampa. A Pentagon investigation declined any misconduct charges.
But Tuesday Obama announced that unspecified health challenges have emerged in Allen's family requiring his full attention and Allen has resigned the NATO nomination, which Obama feels compelled to accept. While, of course, deeply appreciating Allen's long service to the country. One more gone. No mess. Never Obama's fault.
What's particularly striking is Obama's meticulous demands over the conduct of top military commanders, those general officer boots on the ground with decades of experience at the front lines of leading our troops, guiding the nation's national security protection and assisting the enemy to die for their cause.
And yet the Democrat is beyond tolerant of widespread and costly incompetence among his civilian Cabinet officers.
Can you say Solyndra? Energy Secy. Stephen Chu, for instance, cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars with ill-advised government investment backing of some three dozen alleged clean energy companies, some connected to Obama bundlers, many now defunct, other beneficiaries of taxpayer-support now sold off cheaply to China, of all places. But Chu too is leaving with exuberant praise from the Chicago Democrat.
Atty. Gen. Eric Holder keeps his job as the country's top law enforcement officer after claiming blissful ignorance....
#6 Feb 20, 2013
And people wonder why I say Obama should be swinging from a rope on the Mall for treason. I pray every morning that Obama gets necrotizing fasciitis and dies from it
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