To: Lance, Marshal, Lawrence, Shlomo, et al
I’ve been motivated by recent events within DoD to write this piece, after reading yet another article on MSNBC (I ought’a stop doing that—it only hurts, and not in a good way) on yet ANOTHER general getting canned for something. Interestingly enough, the last few generals to get the hammer have been in charge of nuclear assets:
—MGEN Michael Carey—the most recent chop—was relieved for personal misbehavior. Carey was the head of 20th Air Force, responsible for roughly 450 nuclear ICBMs at multiple locations US-wide. The nature of the personal misbehavior was not specified. (Pay attention to that last part—I’ll bring it up again later. *foot stamp*)
—VADM Tim Giardina was demoted from three-star to two-star and relieved of his command duties. Giardina was the deputy for nuclear forces at USSTRATCOM (U.S. Strategic Command, for you non-military types). The charges were—again—unspecified, although gambling was alleged in the mix.
These are just the most recent. It’s scary that the nuke guys are getting leveled now, especially when you factor in the reports that Obama’s cronies are relocating nuclear weapons to the east coast, without apparent justification or reason.
Looking back, MGEN Stanley McChrystal was among the first to go down in the early years of the Obama regime, after a Rolling Stone (Rolling Stoned?) reporter used his access to McChrystal to do a hatchet piece. The comparisons between this situation and Truman’s relieving MacArthur are obvious…Truman was a Democrat too. All told, this country’s probably lost about a dozen generals in high-ranking positions since Obama took office. Lance may be able to offer a more specific list (another *foot stamp*…we could use names here.)
For someone like me who’s a student of history, this is all-too-scarily similar to something I’ve seen before. (more…)