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Generals McChrystal, Ham, Petraeus (questionable),
McKiernan, Admiral Gaouette. Does anyone else see what is happening?  I spoke about it here as your military is isn’t
changing, its already changed as many good warriors are jumping ship. Some don’t
have the option. This General, this American deserved better.

“Of course, a president has every
right to choose the generals he wants, but it is also the case that he
usually gets the generals he deserves,” Owens notes.

“By pushing Mattis overboard, the
administration is sending a message that it doesn’t want smart,
independently minded generals who speak candidly to their civilian
leaders. The message that generals and admirals may receive that they
should go along to get along, which is a bad message for the health of
U.S. civil-military relations,” Owens concludes.

 

Time for a C-Gar

United States Marine Corps Gen. James
“Mad Dog” Mattis was notified that he was being replaced as commander of
U.S. Central Command not by a phone call from Washington, but by a note
passed to him by an aide, according to Foreign Policy’s Thomas E. Ricks.

From Ricks’ report:

General Mattis
was travelling and in a meeting when an aide passed him a note telling
him that the Pentagon had announced his replacement as head of Central
Command. It was news to him — he hadn’t received a phone call or a
heads-up from anyone at the Pentagon or the White House.

Ricks says he inquired further into this report. This is what he was told:

…the
commander-in-chief can make a change whenever he wants and give no
reason. That is right and proper under our system of government.

But there’s also the matter of common
courtesy to an uncommon man. Here is what one person wrote to me: “What
message does it send to the Services when the one leader known for his
war-fighting rather than diplomatic or bureaucratic political skills is
retired early via one sentence in the Pentagon’s daily press handout?
Even in battle, Mattis was inclusive of all under his command. He took
the time to pull together his driver and guards after every day’s
rotation on the battlefield, telling them what he thought he had learned
and asking them for input. Surely senior administration officials could
have found the time to be gracious. But they didn’t.”

President Obama appointed Gen. Mattis
as commander of U.S. Central Command in the summer of 2010. He was
quickly confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“During his time as commander, none of
the symptoms of unhealthy civil-military relations such as those that
characterized the tenure of Donald Rumsfeld as secretary of defense,
have manifested themselves,” Mackubin Thomas Owens writes in the Weekly Standard.

“There have been no leaks to the press
over policy disagreements and no reports of ‘slow rolling’ or ‘foot
dragging’ in Gen. Mattis’s implementation of the president’s policy,”
Owens adds.

Gen. James N. Mattis Was Informed by a Note From an Aide That the White House had Decided to Sack Him

U.S.
Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, commander, U.S. Central Command speaks
with Chief of Defense of the Qatar Armed Forces Lt.Gen. Hamad Bin Ali
Al-Attiah and Staff Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief
of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces Kuwaiti National Day military parade on
Feb. 26, 2011. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class
Chad J. McNeeley/Released)

In short, Gen. Mattis was efficient
and professional. So when it was announced last year that Gen. Mattis
would be exiting his post sometime in March 2013, many of us were
surprised. For a general who had carried himself and performed his
duties so well, his tenure as commander of U.S. Central Command was
unusually short-lived.

What happened?

Again, we turn to Ricks at Foreign Policy:

Pentagon insiders say that
he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way — not because he went all
“mad dog,” which is his public image, and the view at the White House,
but rather because he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the
second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran.
Some of those questions apparently were uncomfortable.

Like, what do you do with Iran once
the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe? What do you do if
Iran then develops conventional capabilities that could make it
hazardous for U.S. Navy ships to operate in the Persian Gulf? He kept
saying, “And then what?”

Inquiry along these lines apparently
was not welcomed — at least in the CENTCOM view. The White House view,
apparently, is that Mattis was too hawkish …

Gen. Mattis, as Ricks notes, also
disagreed with the White House on the U.S.’ ongoing operation in
Afghanistan, Pakistani stability, and (perhaps most importantly) the
U.S.’ response to the so-called “Arab Spring.”

And it’s because of these disagreements that certain commentators believe the White House decided to dump Gen. Mattis.

Gen. James N. Mattis Was Informed by a Note From an Aide That the White House had Decided to Sack Him

AL
ASAD, Iraq – Lt. Gen. James Mattis, the commander of U.S. Marine Corps
Forces Central Command, speaks to Marines with Marine Wing Support Group
27, May 6. Mattis explained how things in Iraq have gotten better since
the first time Marines came to Iraq. (Photo by Cpl. Zachary Dyer)

“Of course, a president has every
right to choose the generals he wants, but it is also the case that he
usually gets the generals he deserves,” Owens notes.

“By pushing Mattis overboard, the
administration is sending a message that it doesn’t want smart,
independently minded generals who speak candidly to their civilian
leaders. The message that generals and admirals may receive that they
should go along to get along, which is a bad message for the health of
U.S. civil-military relations,” Owens concludes.

Orig story here:
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/25/report-washington-didnt-even-tell-marine-gen-he-was-being-replaced/

Featured image courtesy the AP.

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Comments

  1. Unbelievable. Wait, no it’s not. It has become obvious that the CIC is “changing” things. As if the folks that he put in place for his first term weren’t bad enough, the ones that he is tapping now are worse. Kerry as Secretary of State? Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense? I’m sure that both of those would have a problem with Gen. Mattis’ style of leadership and diplomacy. As I have said before here, this president has no use for the military. We can just talk nice to our enemies, that’ll pacify them. God help us. Semper Fi.

  2. I think I see a house seat in the generals future if the general wants it.
    And I would advise him to run unaffiliated or independent. Not owning any
    party anything.

  3. I encourage ALL Vets from all eras to get involved and continue to influence this country. OIF & OEF Vets are prime for congress and there are businesses out there that their sole purpose is to shape you for a congressional seat. Some may say “major” I cant run for congress or make a difference (bull) if you dont someone else will. Twenty-one percent of the112th Congress have served in the military (out of 535 – 113 are vets). This is why I try to point every retiring servicemember that even remotely is considering politics towards organizations like “Combat Veterans for Congress” website here:http://combatveteransforcongress.org/

  4. I think that “We the People” need to remove this CIC from his position. What are good military folks to do when their CIC is not fit to be in charge? He shows a total lack of concern for the troops by cutting funding for updated equipment and a distain for anyone in command that even dares to express a different opinion to his. That is not the mark of a good leader, that is more the mark of an egotistical tyrant. We got rid of the last tyrant to rule us, let’s do the same with this one.

  5. Ever get the feeling like hockey chucking a fellow employer into the wall because he is an idiot? I know there are some of you that would just love to throttle people who think with their ass and treat warriors like babies.

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