Obama to De-Fund Military Unless Terrorists are RELEASED. We Need a Leader Vote Trump 2016

Obama to De-Fund Military Unless Terrorists are RELEASED. We Need a Leader Vote Trump 2016
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We all know that Barack Obama has spent his life bashing and hating the United States military. But this announcement takes it to a new level!

The Obama White House just said they will veto ANY defense authorization bill from Congress unless Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is shut down. That is where the world’s worst terrorists are currently sitting behind bars.

It wasn’t long ago when Obama released high-level Taliban fighters illegally, in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl. Now, Obama is making it clear that he wants the rest of the prisoners out of Cuba:

On Monday, the Obama administration announced that President Obama would veto a defense authorization bill if it did not close down Guantanamo Bay. White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained that the House funding bill would be vetoed “principally because…of the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities, but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison at Guantanamo Bay.” He added that Democrats would sustain Obama’s veto, and defense authorization would die.

Obama’s strong stand on Gitmo underscores two vital points. First, President Obama does not fear defunding America’s national security. Second, Obama does not fear Republicans in Congress.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been authorized for five decades running. The current NDAA fully funds the military through a workaround measure, thanks to President Obama’s demands that a huge chunk of sequestration cuts come from defense funding. Now Democrats complain that the workaround measure isn’t good enough: Republicans should bust open the bank again.

via Breitbart

This means the Obama White House is willing to slash the military and make a decision that will result in more American deaths… Just to shut down a prison that liberals have hated since the Bush administration.

This puts each and every one of us at risk. Terrorists belong behind bars where we can extract information from them and stop future attacks. Just which side is Obama on?

Please leave us a comment (below) and tell us what you think about Obama’s dangerous veto threat!

 

Is Obama purging the US military leadership?

Flag officers rediscover ethics

As one of America’s most powerful institutions, the military has the ability to resist all but the most powerful external pressures for change. Reformers have often focused, correctly in my opinion, on the behavior of its senior officers — well protected by custom from punishment excerpt for the most public screw-ups. That’s changing.

Reformers have almost totally ignored this good news. The Left clamors for more heads to roll on a few narrow grounds, such as too-slow changing the definition of sexual assault. The Right typically declares this a conspiracy-mongering, covering instituted personally by Obama.  Articles like this from Breitbart flood the internet: “Is Obama Purging the Military of Dissent?“, 18 November 2013. These often give stratosphere numbers for those purged; “200” is common.

Here’s one of the most common lists: “Obama Purging Military Commanders“, The Blaze, 23 October 2013  — “The Nine Military Commanders Fired This Year by the Obama Administration.” Let’s examine the facts to see if these claims are true. Read for yourself and decide (

Spoiler: not only are these claims false, they don’t even bother to cite actual evidence for it. Read these as accounts of military recovering its mojo, taking the first steps to reform.

(1) Carter Ham (General, Army, retired)

 

Even the far-right Washington Times says that he “was not forced out”, and served a normal tour of duty as head of Africa Command from 8 March 2011 to 5 April 2013. He retired June 2013 at age 61.

(2)  Charles M. Gaouette (Rear Admiral, Navy, retired)

Integrity: 733rd Military Police Battalion

733rd Military Police Battalion

From the New York Time, 26 March 2013:

Rear Adm. Charles M. Gaouette, who led Carrier Strike Group Three, which included the U.S.S. John C. Stennis, had been accused of using profanity in a public setting and making at least two racially insensitive comments … a set of administrative penalties will effectively end his career.

The Navy Times contacted Admiral Gaouette, who replied ““I accept full responsibility. I own this. You know, O-W-N.” Article 1131 requires “exemplary conduct” from Navy commanders.  Here is the report of the Navy Inspector General. Read it and make your decision.

(3)  Ralph Baker (General, Army, retired)

The Washington Post uncovered the details (1 October 2014):

Then-Maj. Gen. Ralph O. Baker, the former commander of the U.S. military’s counter-terrorism task force for the Horn of Africa, was investigated by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command on allegations of sexual assault, according to the newly released documents {FOIA request by WaPo}. Baker retired in September 2013 as a one-star general, he said Wednesday.

An Army spokesman said Wednesday that Baker was given an administrative punishment at the time of the incident as well as a letter of reprimand — usually a career-ending punishment. Army Secretary John McHugh ordered that Baker be retired with the demotion to brigadier general …

Baker denied in an interview that he assaulted anyone, but expressed regret for drinking too much the night in question. Several who saw the general that night later told investigators that he was drunk. “I own the fact that I got intoxicated that night at a social event, and I regret it,” Baker said. “It was irresponsible of me. I can understand that in the position of responsibility I had, something had to be done about it.”

Army 22nd Military Police Unit

Army 22nd Military Police Unit

(4)  Bryan Roberts (Colonel, Army, retired)

Bold talk reported by the Washington Post (7 June 2013):

Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts publicly warned his troops at Fort Jackson, S.C., last spring that he and the Army had “zero tolerance for sexual harassment and sexual assault.” Here’s what the Army didn’t tell the soldiers: At the time, Roberts himself was under investigation by the military over allegations that he physically assaulted one of his mistresses on multiple occasions.

Read the Army Inspector General’s report and decide for yourself. The WaPo reports the Army’s verdict (22 April 2014):

Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts, the former commander of Fort Jackson, S.C., was found guilty in a disciplinary hearing in August of assaulting a mistress and committing adultery; a separate investigation found that he also had affairs with two other women. He was fined $5,000 and issued a written reprimand. He did not retire until April 1, almost eight months later. Army Secretary John McHugh reduced Roberts in rank to colonel …

(5 – 6)  Charles M.M. Gurganus & Gregg A. Sturdevant (both Major Generals, USMC, retired)

From the New York Times (30 September 2013):

Two senior Marine Corps generals have been ordered to take early retirement after being found responsible for errors in judgment and failure to provide adequate security at a base in southwestern Afghanistan that was the scene of a deadly — and humiliating — insurgent attack last year that killed two Marines and destroyed six Harrier attack jets.

Gen. James F. Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, announced the disciplinary action on Monday. He said the punishments were unprecedented in modern Marine Corps history and were an effort “to remain true to the timeless axioms relating to command responsibility and accountability.”

Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, formerly NATO’s regional commander in southwestern Afghanistan, was faulted for failing to properly assess risks posed by the insurgency operating outside the vast military base in Helmand Province that included camps Bastion, Leatherneck and Shorabak. General Gurganus had been nominated for his third star and a senior leadership role at the Marine Corps headquarters at the Pentagon, but will retire instead.

Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, formerly NATO’s regional commander in southwestern Afghanistan, was faulted for failing to properly assess risks posed by the insurgency operating outside the vast military base in Helmand Province that included camps Bastion, Leatherneck and Shorabak.

General Gurganus had been nominated for his third star and a senior leadership role at the Marine Corps headquarters at the Pentagon, but will retire instead.

Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant, the former commander of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing forces assigned to Afghanistan, was faulted for not having established an integrated system of security at Bastion airfield, and will also take early retirement.

Trust

(7)  David H. Huntoon (Lt. General, Army, retired)

From the Washington Post (14 June 2013):

Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr., the West Point superintendent, improperly made staffers work at private charity dinners, provide free driving lessons and feed a friend’s cats, according to a report by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General.

The report was completed in May 2012, but the inspector general and the Army kept the results secret until Friday, when a heavily redacted version was released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests filed by The Washington Post and other news organizations. Huntoon is scheduled to retire July 17 after a 40-year military career.

In response to the findings, Huntoon paid his staffers $1,815 for the work and told investigators that he “never intended to violate any regulation” and “accepted full responsibility for his actions,” according to the report.

… The inspector general recommended that the Army consider “corrective action” against Huntoon. On Friday night, an Army spokesman said that Huntoon was issued a “written memorandum of concern” Oct. 5, admonishing him for improperly using subordinates. A West Point spokesman said Friday that Huntoon declined to comment.

The Army prohibits officers from using enlisted soldiers as “servants.” But the report said Huntoon “improperly induced” staffers to provide private driving lessons and care for a friend’s cats. The inspector general also determined that Huntoon had aides work at private dinners and charity events, giving them only $30 and $40 Starbucks gift cards in exchange for about 18 hours of work each.

(8)  Timothy M. “Tim” Giardina (Rear Admiral, Navy)

The Associated Press tells the tale (22 November 2014):

The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

Although Rear Adm. Timothy M. Giardina’s removal as deputy head of U.S. Strategic Command was announced last year, evidence of his possible role in manufacturing the counterfeit chips has not previously been revealed. Investigators said they found his DNA on the underside of an adhesive sticker used to alter genuine $1 poker chips to make them look like $500 chips.

… The case is among numerous embarrassing setbacks for the nuclear force. Disciplinary problems, security flaws, weak morale and leadership lapses documented by The Associated Press over the past two years prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Nov. 14 to announce top-to-bottom changes in how the nuclear force is managed that will cost up to $10 billion.

The records obtained by the AP under the Freedom of Information Act show Giardina was a habitual poker player, spending a total of 1,096 hours — or an average of 15 hours per week — at the tables at the Horseshoe casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in the 18 months before being caught using three phony chips in June 2013.

… The state investigator’s report also said a review of surveillance footage revealed “odd behaviors” by Giardina at the Horseshoe. “Giardina was observed taking cigarette butts out of public ash trays and smoking them,” it said.

… he was found guilty in May 2014 of two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer — lying to an investigator and passing fake gambling chips. He was given a written reprimand and ordered to forfeit $4,000 in pay.

… In early September 2013 Giardina was quietly suspended from his post at Strategic Command, which he had assumed in December 2011. One month later he was fired and reduced in rank from three-star to two-star admiral.

(9)  Michael Carey (Brig. General, USAF, retired)

From the Washington Post (19 December 2013):

Carey oversaw three wings of nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles, with 450 ICBMs in all.

… {The USAF Inspector General’s report} describes Carey as drinking heavily, spending an awful lot of time with two foreign women (a possible security risk), skipping meetings, complaining, offending the Russian hosts, at one point trying to perform with a band at a Moscow bar called La Cantina and generally acting a bit like a college kid on a semester abroad. The drinking got so bad that, according to the report, “one witness was concerned that Maj Gen Carey needed assistance standing.” As a bonus, the report mentions Carey’s impolitic comments about “Eric Snowden.”

He was relieved of command in October and received a “letter of counseling”. He retired as of 1 June 2014 as a one-star, one star lower than his final rank. Read the Air Force Inspector General’s report and decide for yourself if this was fair. Excerpts:

The IO found that Maj Gen Carey was frequently rude to both his fellow delegates and to his Russian hosts during the exercise and briefings. … In particular, the IO noted the Russian reaction to Maj Gen Carey’s comments about Syria and Eric Snowden. (Ex 22:25-26) He was similarly rude to his fellow US delegates on the walk to Red Square, when he was unable to keep up, pouted and sulked, and then complained repeatedly about the exercise itself.

… Despite being informed the interview [for this investigation], which began at 1300, would take at least two hours, he scheduled another meeting for 1400 that same afternoon. As such, the interview was put on hold white Maj Gen Carey called to cancel his 1400 appointment.

… His testimony frequently differed greatly from that of other witnesses, for example, regarding trying to play with the band, talking about not attending the second day of the exercise, or spending so much time with the two foreign national women on the night of the 16th.

Obama and Change

He’s probably not responsible for these reforms.

Conclusions

There have been many other such cases in the past few years. Such as Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair (Lt Colonel, Army, retired), reported in The Washington Post (1 October 2014). And David C. Uhrich (Brig General, USAF), also reported by the WaPo (IG report here).

See the conduct investigations of Stephen D. Schmidt (Major General, USAF) and Scott F. Donahue (Brig General, Army). Plus there have been a host of Navy officers have been relieved of command (according to Stars & Stripes), 90 during the past 5 years for a wide range of causes).

It’s good news about one of America’s most important institutions. Let’s applaud DoD’s leaders. Even better news would be Americans deciding to no longer use unreliable sources of information, and demanding evidence before believing such serious accusations about our President.

 

 

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