“The disturbing pattern: Obama rids America’s military of yet another top general”
Andrew Malcolm, IBD:
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.[...]
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 of his department’s illegal gun-running operation supplying hundreds of weapons to Mexican drug cartels. Whose members subsequently killed scores of people, including at least one American.
Who would ever hold a top administrator responsible for such deadly malfeasance, as long as he was clueless about what was going on in his own department?
And if you doubt Holder’s story, too bad. Because Obama has conveniently claimed executive privilege over documents sought by House investigators concerning when Holder new what about the “Fast and Furious” operation.
Or Homeland Security Secy. Janet Napolitano, whose alleged security inspection tours to cities across the country just happen to coincide frequently with the performance schedules of her real passion, civic operas in the cities she’s visiting at taxpayer expense.
Now Obama seeks as secretary of Defense a former senator named Chuck Hagel, whose main attraction to the president is that he was once considered a Republican. That could provide a modicum of political cover as the president goes about gutting the defense budget to fund his other spending priorities. Obama has already retired one of the nation’s 10 nuclear carriers.
And although Obama now professes great telepromptered loathing for the huge March 1 defense cuts, those sequester budget-cutting gimmicks were actually his idea two years ago.
Hagel, a staunch critic of the Mideast’s only democracy, Israel, which Obama professes grand respect for, had quite likely the worst Senate confirmation hearing in modern history. His ignorance of U.S. defense and diplomatic policies was appaling. Democrats had to help with “I think what you meant to say, senator,….” Hagel said he’d learn on the job and he wasn’t really going to be a commander anyway.
— Which, I should jump in here to note, is good enough for John McCain, who engaged in yet another bit of Kabuki theater during the Senate’s initial blocking of Hagel’s confirmation, but who has signaled now that he’s made his symbolic point — that he will stand up against horrific nominees to important appointed positions, relying on the advise and consent responsibilities delegated to the Senate — and is ready to stand down against an horrific nominee to an important appointed position, relinquishing the advise and consent responsibilities delegated to the Senate.
No worries, though. Because he plans to stand firm on universal background checks for law-abiding US gun purchasers, and will likely back a “high cap” (read, standard capacity) magazine ban, we the people not being part of such an august fraternity of Senators and former Senators, and so not quite worthy of McCain’s largess.
But I digress.
Given the assumed political preference of troops for a Republican, Obama’s reelection campaign fought to place legal hurdles in the way of military absentee ballots last fall. Although witnesses told of Maj. Nidal Hasan shouting “Allah is great” during the Fort Hood massacre that killed 13 service members, the Obama administration still insists on calling it a workplace incident, not terrorism.
For obvious political reasons, Obama has also insisted the Pentagon implement policies not universally accepted by military volunteers, including full integration of openly gay troops and assignment of women to physically-demanding combat roles. There is also talk now of curbing military retirement benefits as well as the ranks of all services.
Perhaps these are all just coincidences. Or perhaps this is the second-term “flexibility” Obama promised the Russian president in their whispered exchange in Seoul 11 months ago.
When your country’s Commander-in-Chief is actively and obviously working to gut your military and install in its leadership positions those whom he’s sure he can count on for allegiance to him over allegiance to the Constitution — that is, pliable political animals over those with whom he hasn’t quite the familiarity or the tacit assurances of their fidelity to Him — you should take careful note.
There are only so many times that you can be called a conspiracy theorist for recognizing disparate events and attributing them to some troublesome overall pattern before it becomes crystal clear that the pattern is in fact real — the proof being the various disparate events you’ve recognized, now aggregated.
Turns out giving a Marxist with a long-standing hatred of the US military — a man who believes the US has been an imperialist / colonialist force for evil around the globe, and who has evinced a demonstrable intellectual and academic desire to see the United States normalized, rather than retain its status as superpower — isn’t such a swell idea if you want to keep the country properly protected and project peace through strength.
Although if you dig food stamps and “free” jimmies, this is the cat you’ve been waiting for.