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Ex-Navy commander calls senior officers ‘political pawns’

November 15, 2013

  WASHINGTON – A retired Navy commander, a former Pentagon spokesman in the  Office of the Secretary of Defense, says the Obama administration is rushing to  unload senior officers. He believes they have become “political pawns” and are  being dismissed for questionable reasons.

J.D. Gordon in an op-ed piece in the Washington Times said that the Pentagon  justifies its dismissals due to “loss of confidence,” “insensitive remarks,”  sexual misconduct and “counterfeit poker chips.”

Gordon pointed out that one senior military officer a week has been  “summarily fired” since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

“Statistically speaking, it’s actually closer to one every 8.8 days,” Gordon  said. This amounts to close to 200 senior officers who have been dismissed since  Obama took office.

Even though Gordon has worked for the Pentagon, he was critical of the  reasons official military spokesmen have given for the dismissal of these senior  officers.

Gordon raised the question whether the military today is “really the most  incompetent and corrupt” or is it just easier “to get hammered for real or  perceived bad behavior and poor performance?”

Gordon suggested that personal indiscretions notwithstanding, it is possible  that “something even more sinister is going on today.”

He said that there is a rush to unload these senior officers.

“Senior officers must be extremely careful these days, in both their  professional and personal lives,” Gordon said.

“They must understand that they are under the microscope, and their careers  have never been more vulnerable,” Gordon said. “If admirals, generals, colonels,  captains and commanders feel like they must act like saints and walk on  eggshells, well, that is today’s reality.”

He said that everyone wearing the uniform needs to realize they have been  “converted into de facto political pawns. They’re mostly targeted by the left,  which is never shy about taking American power down a notch or two – or  three.”

Gordon said that Obama needs to apply the same strict standards to his  political appointees as he does to the military.

He said that political appointees at the White House and State Department  need to be subjected to the same standards over such incidents as the Benghazi  terrorist attack, Fast and Furious and the Internal Revenue Service targeting  conservative non-profit groups.

Army Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely has voiced similar concerns. He said that the  White House won’t investigate its own officials but finds it easy to fire  military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.”

“Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have  bought into Obama’s ideology,” Vallely said. “The White House protects their  own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into Fast and Furious,  Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military,  Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees  or speaks out is being purged.”

Vallely served in the Vietnam War and retired in 1993 as deputy commanding  general, Pacific Command. Today, he is chairman of the Military Committee for  the Center for Security Policy and is co-author of the book “Endgame: The  Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror.”

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, a recipient of the U.S. military’s  highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, similarly has told WND that Obama needs  to apply the same standards to his political appointees as he does to the  military.

“Just when you thought the leadership of this government could not get any  worse, it does,” Brady said. “Never in history has an administration spawned  another scandal to cover the current one.”

This was a reference to the recent firing of a number of generals to mask  “Obama’s serial scandals, all prefaced by lies – Fast and Furious, Benghazi,  NSA, IRS,” among others.

WND reported that three of the nine firings by Obama this year alone were  linked to the controversy surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on  the CIA special mission in Benghazi, Libya.

In one case, U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, who commanded U.S. African Command  when the consulate was attacked and four Americans were killed, was highly  critical of the decision by the State Department not to send in  reinforcements.

Obama has insisted there were no reinforcements available that night.

But Ham contends reinforcements could have been sent in time, and he said he  never was given a stand-down order. However, others contend that he was given  the order but defied it. He ultimately was relieved of his command and  retired.

Now, new information in the Washington Times reveals there were Delta Force  personnel in Tripoli at the time of the attack and two members volunteered to be  dispatched to Benghazi to assist in protecting the Benghazi compound, contrary  to stand-down orders from the State Department.

Another flag officer involved in the Benghazi matter – which remains under  congressional investigation – was Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette. He commanded the  Carrier Strike Group.

He contends aircraft could have been sent to Libya in time to help the  Americans under fire. He later was removed from his post for alleged profanity  and making “racially insensitive comments.”

Army Major Gen. Ralph Baker was the commander of the Combined Joint Task  Force Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, Africa. Baker contended that  attack helicopters could have reached the consulate in time on the night of the  attack.

“To understand the insufferable assaults on our military and veterans, who  should be exempt from political squabbles but are often at the forefront of  Obama threats, we need to understand the psyche of the elite in this country led  by Obama,” Brady said.

Brady, who was a legendary “Dust Off” air ambulance pilot in Vietnam and  detailed his experiences in his book, “Dead  Men Flying: Victory in Viet Nam,” told WND, “The problem is military people  will seldom, while on duty, go on the record over such issues, and many will not  ever, no matter how true. I hear from many off the record who are upset with the  current military leadership and some are leaving and have left in the past.”

Military personnel still on duty have told WND on condition of anonymity that  the large number of senior military officials being relieved of duty under the  Obama administration is part of the creation of a “compliant officer class.”

A veteran Arm intelligence officials told WND that in creating this compliant  officer class, the Obama administration has made it harder to find “senior  officers with a pair of balls in there (the military) now that would say no to  anything.

“Maybe at the rank of major or below, and possibly there are some in SOF  (Special Operations Forces), but to make colonel and higher is all politics,” he  said.

Brady added that Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to  the point that members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to  win.

“There is no doubt (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will  fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in  foxholes, the Obama sequester,” Brady said.

Not only are military service members being demoralized and the ranks’  overall readiness reduced by the Obama administration’s purge of key leaders,  but colonels – who are lined up in rank to replace outgoing generals – are  quietly taking their careers in other directions.

CREDIT TO:  author-image F. Michael Maloof / WND.COM

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