Obama’s War on American Generals

During the Bush administration there were only two American commanders of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Under Obama there have so far been five. There has been a new ISAF commander nearly every single year that Obama has been in office. The only exception is 2012 when Obama was too busy trying to win an election to bother further sabotaging a losing war.

The parade of musical chair generals began when Obama demanded the resignation of General McKiernan. The Washington Post called the firing of a wartime commander a “rare decision.” It was the first time since the days of General Douglas MacArthur that a four-star commanding general had been purged during a war.

The decision may have been rare, but it was not unexpected. General McKiernan was fired for the same offense that General McArthur had been targeted during the Korean War: He had demanded competency from an incompetent Democrat.

McKiernan had embarrassed Obama by demanding more troops to fight the war. The situation came to a head as General McKiernan pressed an indecisive Obama to make a decision. It was a devastating scene for an administration which had covered its pivot away from Iraq with concern trolling about winning in Afghanistan. The troops would be delivered, but McKiernan would pay the price.

General McKiernan’s firing was put down to the need for fresh ideas. McKiernan was deemed too “old school” because he wanted to fight an old-fashioned war against the Taliban while Obama Inc. believed that the war couldn’t be won by beating the Taliban, but by winning the hearts and minds of Afghans. It was a fashionable and doomed strategy that required sacrificing the lives and limbs of thousands of American soldiers to political correctness.

The old-school general who had once said, “I don’t understand ever putting your men and women in harm’s way, without their having the full ability to protect themselves. That also means operating on actionable intelligence to defeat insurgents, and protect your forces. That’s how you keep your soldiers alive,” was clearly not the man for that job.

Replacing him as ISAF commander was General McChrystal. McChrystal was everything that McKiernan wasn’t. He was hip fresh blood. He voted for Obama, listened to the right music and was a big fan of counterinsurgency. He hooked up with Greg Mortenson and handed out copies of Three Cups of Tea to his staff. The book proved to be a fraud and so did the COIN strategy for winning over the Afghans.

American soldiers were prevented from defending themselves to avoid offending the Afghans and the war was not moving forward. McChrystal claimed that he had presented a plan to Washington for defeating the Taliban, but Washington only wanted their capabilities degraded. The relationship between McChrystal and Obama also degraded, and McChrystal was fired over a negative Rolling Stone article that revealed that the ISAF commander held Obama and his cronies in contempt.

Urgently, Obama swapped out General McChrystal for General Petraeus, a former enemy now turned wartime ally. In only two years, Obama had gone through three generals and fired two wartime four-star generals, setting a new record for mismanaging a war.

Petraeus’s move from Central Command to commanding the ISAF was unprecedented and did not last long. With the Taliban undefeated and the conflict shifting from a military war to a campaign of drone strikes and targeted assassinations, General Petraeus shifted over to the CIA to command the new fallback position of the war effort as Director Petraeus. But a year later, Petraeus met the same fate as McKiernan and McChrystal after alienating the CIA top brass which enmeshed him in a scandal.  It did not help matters any that Republicans were salivating over the idea of a Petraeus candidacy in 2016.

Petraeus had been replaced by General Allen, who became enmeshed in the same scandal, and the confirmation hearings of his replacement, General Dunford, were sped up. This month, Dunford has taken command of an ISAF in retreat as Afghanistan has become the new Iraq. And Dunford has become the fifth ISAF commander under Obama. Of his four predecessors, all have ended their careers under a cloud.

The War in Afghanistan has been lost and so have the careers of most of its commanders. Obama has constantly swapped out generals, and unlike the rotating allied ISAF commanders during the Bush era, many of them were fired because they threatened Obama politically in some way.

The record is an ugly one, but it is not limited to the war theater in Afghanistan. After the Benghazi disaster, General Carter Ham of AFRICOM was reportedly edged out after telling a Republican Congressman that he had not received any requests for support. His replacement, General Rodriguez, had earlier taken over part of McKiernan’s job after Obama had forced him out.

More recently General Mattis, the commander of United States Central Command, Petraeus’s old job, was booted out without even a personal phone call for being too hawkish about Iran. The insult was unprecedented and the reason was the same. Like McKiernan and McChrystal, Mattis had offended important people in the Obama administration. And for that he paid the price.

General Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, exemplifies the costs of career survival in the age of Obama. Dempsey echoes everything that the civilians tell him. He never disagrees with them in public and likely not in private. Whatever new gimmick comes out of the White House, whether it’s Green Energy or homosexuality, he’s right there behind it and out in front of it.

Dempsey has no ideas of his own and he doesn’t need any. He has nothing to bring to the table except a willingness to act as Obama’s pet parrot in a uniform. When McChrystal first met Obama, he recalled thinking that Obama was “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the room full of military brass. That observation helped get McChrystal fired and these days it’s the military brass that feels uncomfortable and intimidated by Obama Inc.

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  • Rocco

    Wow, did you just strike a nerve! I just finished writing on Chris Plante' s Facebook page regarding this very subject. I have lost all respect for these Generals. They are sworn to uphold the Constitution. They are also sworn to obey the orders of the Commander-in-Cheif. Therein lies the paradox. Is a Commander-in-Cheif who has not only stated but proven that he has nothing but contempt for the Constitution bigger than the Constitution? Obviously no. Is Commisioned Officer in the US military morally obligated to serve such a commander? Again, no!

    I never would advocate a military coup; however I do expect and demand that our Officers display courage in the face of the enemy. Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to our nation and the freedom of man. Each and every one of these general officer's should have resigned their commissions the first time this President circumvented the Constitution. They are educated people and can clearly see what is happening to this nation. They either hold Obama's worldview, or they are cowards.

    My life, my fortune, my sacred honor means nothing to these people. They are a disgrace to the uniform and to the nation. I spent the majority of my life serving this country, and I never in my wildest nightmares would have thought that I would ever be compelled to write something so vicious as this. However, these are not my daddy's officers.

    • Snorbak

      This problem is not unique to the US military. Down here in Aus, we have a similar problem whereby the "yes man" is the one more likely to rise to senior positions within the military. This is troubling for a number of reasons however, an inability to criticize poor decisions or express legitimate concerns regarding training standards, doctrines or war fighting capabilities is inherently dangerous.
      If taking a stand & "falling on your sword" is the right action but will also result in the premature ending of your career then senior commanders need to have the courage & be prepared to do so.
      All too often senior military leaders are failing in their duties as leaders due to political correctness & a desire to please the "right" people for post military political careers.

      • DaneChile

        One slight error but a very important one: officers do not swear to obey the orders of the C-in-C- Section 3331, USC 5:

        "I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."

        • kasandra

          My question would be why don't these generals speak up once they are out of uniform? They know the ruin Obama has brought, is continuing to bring, and will continue to visit upon the U.S. military and, therefore, on U.S. national security. I understand that while they are in uniform they are bound by civilian control of the military but once they are out they are free to speak up. Lt. Gen Thomas McInerney has been most heroic and articulate in this regard. Where are the rest of them? We should be hearing more out of these guys.

          • Cooper

            Because they will lose thier long earned pensions/benefits. Thats the truth.

          • Walt

            No, it is not the truth! Unless they have been convicted of a crime prior to retirement, they will enjoy their pensions/benefits until they die. Please be knowledgeable of your subject before you post on it – brought to you by a retired sailor …

          • JacksonPearson

            Lt. Gen Thomas McInerney is a straight up guy, he came out for Col. Terrence Lakin's court martial due to Obama's ineligibility. Rt. Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely speaks out against Obama all of the time. While Rt. Gen.Colin Powell is another affirmative action, leftist dud.

        • Rocco

          Thank you.

    • Eagleeye

      Rocco: You work for Obama or for one of his public relation firms, such as David Axlerod''s, Obama's very own Josef Goebbbels! You and your Obama sycophants in the Democratic Party and mainstream "news" media are a disgrace to our democratic republic, foolish advocates of a worldview that smacks of Marxist-Lenin socialism and fascism. The biggest threat to America today are socialist idiots such as yourself. You hate our military, our traditions, and our Constitution. Time to shape up, man!

      • Rocco

        You are incorrect my good man. But, thank you for your input.

    • Winston

      Amen, brother! I too gave, voluntarily, three years of my younger manhood in the U.S. Army with a tour in Korea (1962-1963) and proudly served in the then new test unit, the 11th Air Assault Division at Ft. Benning, GA before it was shipped to the Vietnam War as the 1st Cavalry Air Mobile (helicopters first use in war). It is very discouraging that these generals put more selfish works before the nation.

    • Drakken

      I agree with much of what you have to say, but, the Constitution is what we of the military swore an oath to uphold and defend first and foremost. Comrade El Presidente Obummer while being the commander in Chief, does not mean that the Generals should just go along to get along because of political expediency.

    • westpacwes68

      It's called CYA and their ''retirement''. If the officer Corpse had any honor-obozo would not be in office today.

    • JacksonPearson

      Good piece. I know it had to hurt to write it.

  • Snorbak

    A questionable analogy but, this saga reminds me of the failing Nazi regime after the war turned, Hitler replaced 1 general after another for not being able to achieve impossible objectives or daring to question authority.
    The parallel is disturbing & the result will be the same, a strategic defeat.
    The US military is having competent commanders replaced by group think & "yes men"

    • trickyblain

      You may want to also research how many generals Lincoln tore through before settling on Grant.

      But it's not a convenient parallel to your silly Obama = Hitler comparison.

      • Drakken

        The thing is, you were never in the military hence you don't get the anology.

        • trickyblain

          Ah yes. But what about people like the Aussie who brought it up, the author of this piece, Horowitz and basically the entire FPM staff and the vast majority of the gov't (Dems/Repubs)? Are they likewise unqualified to make historical interpretations about the military because they were never in it.

          I actually do get it. Quite clearly, D. Back when Bush was in office, some moron compared him to a Nazi on a leftist site, and he'd get applauded. Now, mirror image. And it's as idiotic now as it was then.

          • Drakken

            The problem with your theory is that Bush didn't sack Generals that disagreed with him, Obummer is, see the difference?

          • Snorbak

            Actually, I do have prior military experience & I did state in my post that the analogy was questionable. However, for you to state that I was directly comparing Obama to Hitler is near sighted & you do not see the parallel to which I was referring.
            These commanders were dismissed as they understood that Obama is a poor CiC with a flawed ideology & refused to be subservient to same.

  • Mary Sue

    wow he's going through generals like they were going out of style.

    • Mark Owen

      Correct me if I am wrong, but the Obama Bin Biden regime will not have to pay them their much earned retirement if they fire them! That's what happens in big corporations when you build up a nice retirement, they let you go a little while before your actual retirement date, that way they don't have to pay you!

      • Cooper

        no, you are wrong….anything over 20 years is an earned retirement. Officers serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States. When they are “fired”…thats just telling them not to expect any new orders to a new command, and its time to “retire and go home” unless the Officer actually committed a crime, they are just told to retire.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    One has to connect the dots, in order to understand why things are shaking out this way.

    As to the military, the Radical-in-Chief detests them with every fiber of his being – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/10/another-bulls

    As to sexual indiscretions, well, that is a whole other kettle of fish. Yet, the POTUS should be th elast one ruffled by such proclivities, given his lifestyle – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/03/the-down-low-

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • DaneChile

      Just spent a weekend vacation without Moochelle …but with Reggie Love.

  • Chezwick

    The war in Afghanistan has been lost for one reason and one reason only: The Taliban use of a "prolonged popular war" strategy to define their Jihad….the same strategy that exhausted the Soviets a generation earlier.. They are simply waiting us out, confining their efforts to small engagements and roadside bombs. And naturally, we cannot commit the kind of resources necessary to police a country the size of Afghanistan….hell, we can't control our OWN border, much less the Paki-Afghan border. It would take half a million men and a trillion dollars a year to pacify Afghanistan,…and even then, the war would drag on year after year.

    America's best and brightest are being sacrificed so that Afghans can live under a Sharia-enshrined Constitution. You can't bring culture and enlightenment to people who prefer living in the 7th century.

    The road to hell is paved with good intentions. It's time to leave.

    • DaneChile

      It´s long past time to leave. We need to tell the Taliban that if they give us any trouble we will level the entire country – and MEAN it.

    • Drakken

      One point my friend Chezwick, the Russians were winning until we(US) gave the bloody mujadeen stinger missles to bring down their aircraft, it was a very foolish decision by us and that hapless idiot Charlie Wilson.

      • Chezwick

        I appreciate your point, Drakken. Certainly the stingers made Russia's job much, much harder. But to say the Russians were "winning" implies that the country was pacified before the arrival of the stingers, which it wasn't.

        With or without the stingers, the war would have dragged on year after year….and the Russians would have most likely abandoned the project eventually. The Afghans were no more ready to accept communism back then than they are ready to accept democracy today.

        In my opinion, our mistake was not in aiding the anti-communist resistance per se, it was in allowing the Pakistani ISI to direct the lion's share of our aid to Hezb-i-Islami, Gulbiddin Hekmatyar's group, which was the most fundamentalist of them all. On the other hand, it could easily be argued that all the groups were fundamentalist, but I'd much rather have Rabbini or Dostum in power than Hekmatyar or the Taliban.

        The bottom line – and I'm sure we both agree – is that it's not America's job to civilize Islamic hell-holes at the cost of our own blood and treasure, particularly when the natives of that hellhole don't want civilization to begin with.

        • Drakken

          I have a few former Sptsnaz guys that work for me so I do get a little different perspective on how things were run, they were eliminating the Hadji by the droves and the hadji was running out of bodies to throw into the grinder, hence the Russians were winning until we got involved, they also had a very good handle on the Saudi interference, they simply eliminated that problem as well.

        • Drakken

          Yes, the bottom line is that I do agree with your assement.

    • Jim_C

      Hear, hear!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "He hooked up with Greg Mortenson and handed out copies of Three Cups of Tea to his staff. "

    That's hilarious. I hadn't heard that. Birds of a feather.

  • cedarhill

    One just loves the Left. Once they learn a lesson (generals out of line) then forever after it's off to the gulag or the quiet bullet to the temple from one of those 1.6 billion bullets Homeland is using for "training"

  • pierce

    Obama does not need or want Generals. He has what he wants in the Czars, and those Czars are telling him things he is more interested in. Defense of the homeland is no longer necessary, but his Islamic buddies are, and let us face up to the fact, the Nations of Islam are not going away. Because of Obama and his socialist objectives, it is no longer important to be a world leader.

  • kafir4life

    President Benghazi (stinky) Obama needs generals that will kill Americans and give the order to kill Americans when Stinks gives it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzT6X3_Bg9o
    That thing in the White House is a POS, and that's not an opinion.

  • pierce

    Obama does not need or want Generals. He has what he wants in the Czars. Generals are no longer necessary, because the military is no longer important with his (obama) agenda.

  • http://twitter.com/USnavy1967 @USnavy1967

    Dempsey is an example of the puppet General's that served in the Germany Army during Hitler's time. Dempsey is a disgrace to his uniform, his country, and his men. Another lackey that Obama needs to bolster his image and ideas, something like Hitler needed.

    • westpacwes68

      well said…everytime i see the quisling Dempsey on TV i want to reach right into the screen and ''be-otch'' slap him.

  • butpygmies

    When this happens in other countries, it is called a “purge.”

    • zalukas

      As one recalls Gen.Augusto Pinochet saved his country from going into darkness of Socialism/Communism and voluntarily stepped down, when country recovered.

      Whole affair ended with less casualties than Caribbean Festival in Bronx.

      Today’s Chile is nothing but economic success story.

  • Demetrius M

    This divide between Obama and his sub-oridnates is also present in the economic realm of the admin. You have to come to the conclusion that he doesn't play well with others and when they disagree with the Living Legend, they either decide to leave or he replaces them.
    Seriously, I don't think the man is psychologically competent.

    • barbx22

      Yes you are right…..

  • tagalog

    The reason why Obama would be intimidated by entering a room of American generals is that the majority of those generals will be exuding a palpable aura of competency, self-confidence, and integrity, marking themselves for a purge.

  • barbx22

    I don't think is psychologically competent in doing his jobs….

  • Gee

    Just a quick correction – General of the Army Douglas A. MacArthur was a five-star general not four

  • Winston

    When generals reach the apex of their career they become more like career politicians than seasoned military leaders. Obama's 'take down' of America's top military leaders (three & four star flag generals) there can only be chaos following. Obama himself has demonstrated that without sincere and effective leadership the government cannot and will not funtion as it should… chaos ensues. But, isn't that built into the socialist plan of destroying American sovereignty, capitalism, the Constitution, and the Rule of Law? The man has proved that without appropriate and mature leadership the nation will fall.

  • Brian

    There was a guy named Stalin who purged all his competent senior military prior to WW2 with disastrous consequences.

    Obama's purging of senior staff who somehow pose a threat to his agenda will not go unnoticed by America's enemies.

    • guest

      Lets look closer to our times. Turkey's Erdogan purged his army from all "kemalist" generals. Morsi is busy purging his senior mubarakist generals…what's next? nato?

    • John Stone

      Well, we are not doing what Stalin did, which was to purge (murder really) thousands of military commanders. We have lots of talent left, but not in the top positions.

    • http://detroitsons1952@yahoo.com RetUSMC

      Brian, I remember when the purges started and they that were purged did not ever breath a single breath again. So when ever some one who was just “purged” from the military happens to die, I’m wondering if it was natural or were they helped out…… of this world.

  • Drakken

    Brian, I am glad that you mentioned that, the purging of the Generals will make our next conflict enevitable with very bloody consequences. Dempsey is nothing more than a political pysophant and the promotion of others of his ilk will have a diasterous results in the near future,

    • Herb

      At least Obama has not executed these general officers, he has only fired them from particular jobs. Stalin killed his military high command during the purges of the 1930's.

  • kasandra

    And now, apropos of the article, Gen. Allen has just announced his retirement.

  • Attila The HUn

    Surprise surprise, Hussein O, is imitating Turkey's Erdoğan or Egypt' Morsi. Purging the military is the modus operandi of all tyrants wannabee. Welcome to Obama's America

  • Karol

    I am thinking that Dempsey is right where he needs to be. The other officers, along with the troops that would not agree to turn their weapons on there families, friends and citizens, are being purged. They are no good to Obama’s handlers, who want a force that will follow their orders, therefore, they are sending the patriots home. That is why DHS has labeled them terrorist. I do not know about anyone else, but I feel a lot better with the patriots here at home, rather than thousands of miles away in a foreign country. We all know Obama and company are going to force the gun ban, sooner rather than later,which will bring serious troble. If it does not happen over the guns, it surely will happen when the financial collapse happens and the country realizes there is no money, it has litterly been stolen by the administration, Soros and his corrupt wealthy friends. Americans are no different than Greece or other countries, when we can not feed, house or take care of our children and elderly, we will rise up, there will be riots, which will lead to a civil war. We are already seeing food price increases, every month, because of shortages in the stores, just last month we were warned about water supplies being short, gas prices rising and utilities increasing. This is the plan, to cripple the economy, then they can control us, or so they think. We are already seeing police agression and abuse all over the country, trying to intimidate the people. We are facing the tryanny our Founding Fathers warned us about and we better be prepared for it. I believe to head some of this off, prayer and faith in our” one and only living almighty God ” is our greatest weapon. God bless us and America.

  • Mark Owen

    Even if we had generals who would stand up to the regime, The ass kissing media Obama worshippers like Matt Lauer and the rest of his followers would not bring it out in the open anyway!The media has no intention of rocking the boat. They don't have the guts to tell it like it is.Just like all the dead people who voted, their voices will not be heard. Election fraud? Naw it couldn't be, not in this country!

  • migs@six

    Relax, this is just a simple vetting process to come up with arse licking Generals within the JCS to pass the litmus test to fire on American citizens. Connect the dots: DHS aka, big Sis and no ammo; US Army Academy think tank study on right wing groups; from youtube Obama to Top Brass: Will you fire on American Citizens? and finally, newest from Panetta, Heteros need not apply for benefits.

  • Goemon

    I hope most of you realize its more than jist about gettig yes-men. This is about getting the Final Solution to the conservative problem.

  • Front PgSubscr

    -a shred of administration treason here??????????????

  • pennant8

    Demsey piled on against Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley when he came under attack from Islamists for teaching a fact based course on jihad at the National Defense University. Dooley lost his job and was well on his way to losing his career until he went on a counteroffensive. He is now suing to have the university's accredidation revoked. atlasshruged.com has good coverage of this latest example of the neutering of our military intelligence capability.

  • John Stone

    …When generals reach the apex of their career they become more like career politicians than seasoned military leaders. – Yeah, exactly. What you have got to get is that generals are not all that different from other bureaucrats. Anybody of insight who has risen in the ranks of just about any government agency could tell you all sorts of things that are wrong with their agency. Hardly anybody speaks up because things are unlikely to get fixed and because it invites harassment. You bite the hand that feeds and that hand will slap you in the face.

    The raw talent to get stuff done is available in our military services in spades. The problem with firing these generals is the effect it has on motivation. The guys below them see what the score is and react accordingly. If pushing some peculiar form of gender equality is more important than winning wars, then they push gender equality. The few that don't end up being odd balls, zealots actually, and are often viewed with distrust. And again, this is not unique to the military. All organizations work like this. That is why corrupt societies are so stubbornly corrupt. It becomes part of the culture.

  • 11bravo

    The prez doesn't want to win; and he means it, even if the Generals don't. Now they do get it!

    COIN was a mistake also.

  • Len_Powder

    "When McChrystal first met Obama, he recalled thinking that Obama was “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the room full of military brass." Of course he felt intimidated, like any other progressive Marxist would. They are not his kind of people: statists, socialists, Marxists, communists, environmentalist, feminists, homosexuals, actors, entertainers, journalists, hypocrites, sycophants, cult followers, acolytes, political hacks, liars, tax avoiders, sex addicts, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/Brian_R_Allen @Brian_R_Allen

    …. Dempsey has no ideas of his own and has nothing to bring to the table except a willingness to be Zero's pet parrot in a soldier suit ….

    As Peking's pack of perilously pernicious predators and their PLA continue their Cli'ton-Gang-facilitated efforts to steal our every nuclear, rocketry, aerospace, military and every other secret — and to cast about for targets.

  • Rich Anderson

    Wow I seriously think I got dumber by reading this article. This was just one really long Twitter rant. #Awful

  • john rigney

    All of our generals cant be all wrong, I would take there advise over obama, anyday, when are the people of USA going to learn obama is not the man some people think he is, just a good speaker, thats all he has.

  • David

    Funny,I clearly remember Gen. McKieman asking Bush for 30,000 more troops and that he was
    denied…. Then Obama was also asked for more troop's and eventually did send 30,000 more troops. But now Obama is the won being accused of not listening to the generals ? Hopefully I'm not the only one that feels that is wrong.

  • joe

    get rid of the generals and send some of the pres. and elites and bring our boys home and all the voter read and learn the U S Constitution

  • bobh

    Obama wants nothing but Colin Powell clones in command.

  • jim16640

    I served 40 years in the military – all of today's generals are so stupid they need to go to class to learn how to use toilet paper. They look like freaks and all their medals are for kissing each other's ass. Ou r volunteer Army has become a force of zombies that are total slaves to the generals – who are all hiding behind a armed fence. None of them know what a civilian life is in the USA.

    Don't forget we have not won a war since 1945. We merely increase loan demand and national debt under the GAME OF INTERNATIONAL WAR when ever the public is bored and needs the joy of finding a new enemy to fight. That the Rothchilds for your slavery. Idiots.

  • Scott Snoopy

    The current White House occupant fears anyone who could make him look bad or look incompetent. Aside from McChrystal’s being outed for holding the occupant in contempt; which is a far cry from the MacArthur’s actions in Korea, the actions of the rest of the flag rank officers was to protect their troops and the country. Dempsey is nothing but a puppet of the administration; he talks a good game of how he cares for the troops as he shafts them.

    The flag ranks are being purged by The White House occupant so there is no opposition to all of his social welfare programs. Giving more free phones, food stamps, welfare benefits, unemployment is far more important than the safety of the country.

  • Jim Mauney

    I am a 20 year veteran of the Army and my dad is a 29 year veteran of the Navy. My family has served in all of America’s wars, starting with the Revolution. Our military is 100% under control of our civilian government. Early in our country’s history, both civilian leadership and military leadership realized that our military must be subordinate to our elected officials if our democracy was to flourish. Generals cannot be seen as being in conflict with the Commander in Chief. Just as a soldier who openly flaunts orders or regulations, or openly criticizes commanders will be punished, so must a general be held accountable for his/her actions and words. If you can’t or won’t obey the orders of the President, as you have sworn to do, then you know where the door is. They get a pretty hefty retirement check out of it, though.

    Two of those generals were fired for committing adultery. No general will survive that. It was their own stupidity. And they still get their retirement checks for $7500/month.

    • animalaura

      If the Commander in Chief is in TOTAL disregard for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, to the point of negating or destroying both — which side will the military choose then?? The Constitution? Or the Dictator?

      • jim

        that is why Obama has hired 6000 Russian troops to help control any riots or uprisings

    • Robert Cleveland

      Jim, first, thank you and your family for your service. Scandals can be fabricated as easily as the truth in this administration. A soldier is not required to follow an illegal order. As a matter of fact he or she can be severely disciplined for it. I would never condemn a General who has regard for his troops ability to defend themselves. To end the career’s of so many Generals in such a short time does not reflect on the Generals but the Administration.

    • vrage

      Slick Willy committed adultery in office and survived. Funny how the military is held to a standard higher than their bosses. Huh?

      • Jim Mauney

        How do you figure Clinton survived? He was convicted of perjury by the Senate. Because of his impeachment the Dems lost the Whitehouse. He will also be primarily remembered for his actions instead of what he accomplished in office.

        • David Krutsinger

          The house impeached clinton but the senate didn’t, thats how he stayed in office till his term was up.

    • Liberty: Coercion’s Absence

      Fun fact: In the 5,880 words of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, the word democracy isn’t mentioned once.

      • Katy Henderson

        You are correct…Because AMERICA is a REPUBLIC. Not a Demon ocracy. A REPUBLIC…. THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS. PERIOD. Your “dear leaders” have crept in and dismayed the people…thinking not for the people, but have devised a scheme–to topple the country like sly snakes. They would have you all be Subject to a Dictator.

    • Katy Henderson

      Great men and great leaders never mix with wolves. IS IT NOT the object, nay the DUTY to defend a country of sheeps from a ravaging wolf? Think on the these words next time soldier…there is a WHOLE COUNTRY of your men and women looking to their military-their family- to save them from wolves…whether they be from far away, or nearer to home. Wolves always slip in as sheep, only to be spotted by those standing guard first whose worry is truly for the safety of his own flock. It is how tyrants are stopped, it is how a people is saved, knowing not what wolf has slipped in among their midst. ~et lous

    • Shaggy

      Spoken like a true liberal. Just ignore the number of high ranking officers the commie in chief has sacked.

    • guest11110000

      Military Officers take no oath to the President just the United States Constitution.

    • Michael Clark

      Thank you, sir. It appears that you understand your role better than most of the wannabes here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Donaldson/100002100259214 Charles Donaldson

    Why aren’t veterans screaming about this ?

    • Jim

      I was in Desert Storm. Two of my fellow soldiers died when their bunker collapsed on them. Our company commander was relieved of command.

      4 persons including an “ambassador” to Lybia (Bengazhi) were killed by a terrorist attack. President Obama did not respond and went to bed and slept through the attack.

    • Michael Clark

      Maybe because it is well known by veterans that the military is not a political party.

  • Robert Zornes

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Actually, I’ve been thumping that same drum for a few years now. Dempsey and many of the other highest ranking generals are there to polish apples, looking for their post military assisgnment as head of some federal agency.

    I do take issue with the matter of Petraeus and Allen. They both shot themselves in their own feet.

  • Liberty: Coercion’s Absence

    In related facts, here are the US deaths in Afghanistan, by year:Bush2001: 52002: 302003: 312004: 492005: 942006: 872007: 1112008: 151Total = 558Obama2009: 3032010: 4972011: 4942012: 294Total = 1,588What, exactly, has Hussein Obama accomplished there?

    • Faypax

      God, you’re an idiot. Of course there were fewer deaths under Bush in Afghanistan. He abandoned the hurt for Bin Laden to illegally invade Iraq!

      • Rob

        Faypax, I fought Afghanistan in 2004(under President bush) 2009, 2010, 2011-2012(under President Obama), and it was a vastly different war under Bush. While you’re not entirely wrong in that more troops on the ground increases the likelihood of more casualties, our focus went from destroying the Taliban to not offending the locals. We always made great efforts to avoid civilian casualties but from 2009 on we were placed under rules of engagement more restrictive than most police departments.

        • M M

          I retired from the military over a year before Obama took office. I know things went downhill from there.

      • jim

        PLEASE DON”T USE GOD”S name in your stupid remarks GOD isn’t to blame for your stupidity

        • Mike

          FAYPAX, you are an idiot.

  • Katy Henderson

    I think the American People are Very Uncomfortable with who and what is at the helm of our once great Country. I think we all know something bad is in play–as their appears to be good men attempting to stop whatever is planned for, and yet there are too many sniffing the dirt for the rat himself and thus…we go along for the ride, unwittingly right off the cliff. With none to save us–having all been silenced in their attempts.

  • Shaggy

    An air force gen was just sacked and an admiral both in charge of nukes for sketchy reasons. Watch out folks it’s coming…

    • Michael Clark

      Yes, “sketchy”… that certainly clears it up.

  • Chip

    Dempsey has also said, out loud, that active duty military personnel should not vote. He also did not ensure that military in war zones received their absentee ballots on time in the last election. http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2012/10/02/military-vote-missing-this-election–including-in-big-swing-states

  • bouledoux

    Thanks God that at least the Egyptian Military has bawls enough to remove a dictator ruining their country.

  • dbt3481

    “We trained hard…but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.”
    Petronius Arbiter, c. 60 AD.

  • cantbelieveallthekrp

    Thank goodness we had Ike, Bradley, Nimitz and so many others when we needed them.

  • Just Sayin’

    Uh … Bush forgot why were even over there .. to get Bin Laden. Obama got him.

    • dcnj

      eyes wide shut.

  • Jeff S.

    Facebook will not allow me to share or to cut& Paste this link to my timeline. Isn’t censorship wonderful!?

    • Barbara

      Go to media outlets that speak quasi truths like Fox. Stay away from ABC, NBC and CBS.

  • Jason

    The generals are all slowly being replaced with yes-men. Couple that with the NSA memos on potential terrorist likely being patriots, believers in the Constitution, veterans, Tea partiers, etc. He is building a military that will do his bidding and turn it’s barrels on the people when he feels the time is right. And he’s been formenting chaos among the people in various ways to mov eus in that direction.

  • dobermanMom

    What a bunch of happyhorseshit.

  • FlyAfghanAirlines

    President Obama took over a bad wartime situation and has continually tried to make it better.
    Afghanistan is not Nazi Germany.
    Politics and cooperation are the cheapest form of warfare. COIN worked for regular local people. Hardened foreign martyr fighters won’t be swayed by such tactics.
    Daniel, if you are so smart,
    You can fly over to Afghanistan yourself and see how well you can do to work out a peaceful solution with the Talaban leaders.
    I look forward to the New York Times headline that reads: “Daniel Greenfield Ends War In Afghanistan”.

  • johndowdle

    MacArthur openly expressed the view that UN forces should not stop at the Yalu River but should continue all the way to Beijing. As a result, the Chinese threw an extra 1,000,000 troops into the conflict, ensuring the Korean War ended in stalemate and that the Korean peninsular was permanently divided.
    A fine mess thanks to “bigmouth” MacArthur, which we are all still living with today.
    That is why Truman sacked MacArthur.
    If you cannot get your basic facts straight, why should anyone believe anything else you say?

  • LadyFloridaCracker

    HURRY! Go to Constitutional Emergency and sign up for the surge onto DC led by US Colonel Harry Riley on May 16, 2014 called OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING! All signers are vetted.

    • Michael Clark


  • sacj7

    While hindsight is always 20/20, I feel that President Truman did the right thing in removing General McArthur from command. A general can NOT dictate foreign policy.

    George Patton and Curtis LeMay would never (in my opinion) reach flag rank in today’ military. Can you imagine them trying to fight WW2 with the ROEs imposed on today’s military?

  • Michael Clark

    Bottom line, it is a tradition that is thousands of years old: officers stay out of politics, follow orders and don’t make your boss look bad. Also, within tradition that is thousands of years old, there are officers that overstep these boundaries and end their careers doing so. Before you armchair military advisors get yourselves all worked up, look at the history of Presidents forcing the end of military careers. Also, there is no justification for making a political issue out of firing a career officer for indiscretion. It isn’t the same world, you can’t just use the old excuses that worked 50 years ago for sexual misconduct.

  • M M

    Obama has relieved well over 200 commanders in the military since 2009. Does anyone know of any other period in history where that many commanders have been relieved?