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Purge of Military Is Commander-in-Chief's Prerogative, Says Hagel - SATIRE
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Nov 2013 | John Semmens

Posted on 11/02/2013 11:47:22 AM PDT by John Semmens

So far this year President Obama has removed nine “flag officers” from their posts. Three of these firings are linked to last year’s attack on the US Consular facility in Benghazi.

US Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel defended the moves as “the prerogative of the nation’s Commander-in-Chief. The President must have men he can trust to carry out his orders.”

U.S. Army General Carter Ham, who commanded U.S. African Command when the consulate was attacked, lost President Obama’s trust when he contradicted his assertion that no forces were available to rescue Ambassador Stevens. Ham contends that reinforcements could have been sent in time.

Similarly dismissed was Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette, commander of the Mediterranean Carrier Strike Group, for saying that aircraft could’ve been sent to aid those under fire from the terrorists assaulting the facility.

Hagel emphasized that “whether or not these officers’ assessment of the situation was correct is not the point. Their open disagreement with their commanding officer is. President Obama needs to feel secure in the knowledge that the officers under his command have his back. By contradicting the official story on Benghazi these men left the president vulnerable to attack from his enemies in Congress and the media. Disloyalty of this magnitude is a dereliction of duty that we cannot, in good conscience, let slide.”

In related news, James Clapper, the retired lieutenant general now serving as the Obama Administration’s Director of National Intelligence made a bid to join the ranks of purged military men when he challenged President Obama’s plea of ignorance about the National Security Agency’s overseas eavesdropping on phone calls made by various European heads of state.

“In the first place, anyone with any brains has got to know that all governments spy on other governments—friend and foe, alike,” Clapper said. “On top of this, President Obama was explicitly informed of these activities on numerous occasions. The NSA isn’t some rogue entity carrying out nefarious actions on its own. Everything we do is at the direction of the President.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news/semi-satire posts you can find them at...

http://azconservative.org/2013/11/02/press-secretary-insists-president-didnt-break-promise/


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: benghazi; bhodod; cicobama; homosexualagenda; militarypurge; nsa; purge; satire

1 posted on 11/02/2013 11:47:22 AM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Obama is weeding out all the Generals who might overthrow him—thats all. All dictators do this.


2 posted on 11/02/2013 11:51:07 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: John Semmens

There is a certain mid-level Roman functionary who will be by to defend this shortly. Last time I beat him in by five minutes. I’m shooting for 3:16...


3 posted on 11/02/2013 11:51:17 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: John Semmens

Its my assessment that these commanders did not disagree with the CIC but told the truth with respect to the situation. It’s the CIC and SOS that were dishonest. Does anyone else sum up the situation as such?


4 posted on 11/02/2013 11:53:07 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: John Semmens

I’m sure it was Stalin’s position also.


5 posted on 11/02/2013 11:54:08 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: John Semmens

Are any of the cashiered officers of the African-American variety?


6 posted on 11/02/2013 11:54:45 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: vetvetdoug; All
Semi News - Semi Satire

Not that it isn't true.

7 posted on 11/02/2013 11:54:55 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: John Semmens
The straight white guys have got to go. They're too aggressive to be in Barry's new military. It's the new Meals on Wheels and Keels military now. Hugs all around for everybody. Even our enemies.

sarc/

8 posted on 11/02/2013 11:59:22 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (All your health decisions should be between a provider bean counter and the IRS - Obama)
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To: John Semmens

Dagnab it, John. You got me again. LOL!


9 posted on 11/02/2013 11:59:24 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY.)
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To: John Semmens

Purge of Military Is Commander-in-Chief’s Prerogative, Says Hagel

Yes it is.
It is also our prerogative as citizens to call out the President for doing so. Even more so because he lacks any knowledge or understanding of the military having never served.


10 posted on 11/02/2013 12:00:48 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: John Semmens

Any chance he would purge the SDEF?


11 posted on 11/02/2013 12:01:28 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (I am proud to be a Christian and follower of my Lord Jesus Christ. Time is short for U to know Him!)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade
he's weeding out and replacing with nice good complacent little soldiers who march lock step with him...

I firmly believe that the military should NOT have defined pensions.

..its making people that have no business being there to stay on.....

like teaching....people that have no talent staying on simply because its a half year job with a nice pension after 30 yrs...better than chucking coal for a living...

a better idea would be to give a proportional pension at age 60 or so.....you serve the military for 8 yrs, then you get a proportional pension at age 60..

that way, that guy doesn't need to stay in when he has no more desire, yet not loose his 8 yr service...

12 posted on 11/02/2013 12:01:38 PM PDT by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Stalin did and it nearly cost him WWII when Hitler invaded and he had no senior leadership left in the military.


13 posted on 11/02/2013 12:02:12 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (I am proud to be a Christian and follower of my Lord Jesus Christ. Time is short for U to know Him!)
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To: John Semmens

I read the whole thing and didn’t realize it was satire untill the very end.


14 posted on 11/02/2013 12:03:36 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: John Semmens

“The President must have men he can trust to carry out his orders.”

Mo. The United States needs men who can be trusted to obey their oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign AND domestic!


15 posted on 11/02/2013 12:04:54 PM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: John Semmens
Next week, with no irony.


16 posted on 11/02/2013 12:06:39 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: RetiredArmy
Stalin did and it nearly cost him WWII when Hitler invaded and he had no senior leadership left in the military.

Stalin executed about one-third of his military command structure in response to a fake conspiracy that he was tricked by the Nazis into believing.

In a way it was a very early case of "hacking" into a wireless communication system.

The Nazis used fake coded radio messages to trick Stalin's military counter-intelligence apparatchiks into reporting that there was widespread collusions between his generals in the field and the Germans. This was in the weeks just before Hitler launched Barbarossa.

17 posted on 11/02/2013 12:07:00 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

Please excuse this post, but as this is satire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqHquTsIS1M

This is Part 5 of “The Tuskegee Airmen” (1995). Start at about the 4 minute mark for one of the most stirring scenes in cinema history. ‘Gets to me every time.


18 posted on 11/02/2013 12:16:31 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: John Semmens
Way back when, part of my job was to write requests for commendations. When I looked at Hagel's DD214 and saw the two Purple Hearts and just an Army Commendation Medal, I had questions.

Why with two Purple Hearts were there not a Bronze Star or some other higher medal awarded?

I don't ever recall there not being a higher medal along with the Purple Heart.

Anyone have a differing experience?

19 posted on 11/02/2013 12:29:00 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: John Semmens
Hagel ? YOUR FULL OF CRAP !

We don't believe you.
20 posted on 11/02/2013 12:33:27 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: John Semmens

Obama “loyalty” tests: Will you lie for me to Congress and the media? Will you commit to firing on unarmed American citizens?

/spit

PS I know the article is satire. The above is not.


21 posted on 11/02/2013 1:01:51 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: John Semmens

Obama “loyalty” tests: Will you lie for me to Congress and the media? Will you commit to firing on unarmed American citizens?

/spit

PS I know the article is satire. The above is not.


22 posted on 11/02/2013 1:01:57 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: John Semmens

remember how they got on bush’s ass for replacing 7-8 us attorneys? this was declared to be a unprecedented witch hunt. never mind clinton replaced almost all 100.


23 posted on 11/02/2013 1:58:18 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: John Semmens

Chuck Hagel has been reading too many books about”Uncle Joe”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


24 posted on 11/02/2013 2:02:29 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: John Semmens

Bump


25 posted on 11/02/2013 2:03:49 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: John Semmens
Hagel emphasized that “whether or not these officers’ assessment of the situation was correct is not the point. Their open disagreement with their commanding officer is. President Obama needs to feel secure in the knowledge that the officers under his command have his back. By contradicting the official story on Benghazi these men left the president vulnerable to attack from his enemies in Congress and the media. Disloyalty of this magnitude is a dereliction of duty that we cannot, in good conscience, let slide.”

this is very concerning. in military matters, if the 'commander in chief' makes a mistake of that magnitude, it must be made known.

26 posted on 11/02/2013 2:12:26 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: John Semmens

aw crap.. another satire piece thats a bit too close to reality to discern the difference

+1 troll to you


27 posted on 11/02/2013 2:13:54 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: John Semmens

Almost twice in one day I didn’t discover it was satire. This time I caught it in the penultimate paragraph.

I say again, in our current dystopia, it is almost impossible to create a parody.


28 posted on 11/02/2013 2:15:28 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: cherry

They should have to be in the front lines of any war—face the steel and bullets and cannon fire!


29 posted on 11/02/2013 2:30:47 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: knarf

Why ruin the fun? I love it when people here take the bait and run with it.


30 posted on 11/02/2013 2:49:41 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: BBell

It can be sort’a fun, eh ?


31 posted on 11/02/2013 3:02:40 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: knarf

You have been here awhile. Remember when people used to post Onion articles and some people here would go nuts thinking it was real?


32 posted on 11/02/2013 4:12:25 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: John Semmens
Hits home John - we have a fairly new squadron commander and a really green flight commander. Due to certain policies/philosophies that are destroying morale among our folks, a few of us supervisors approached the flight commander to discuss - he immediately got his back up and asked if he had our full support. The rest were shocked into silence so I told him that my peers and my people had my support - he would get it as soon as I saw an indication that we also had his support. He told me that's not how it works (I'm a civilian with a good record so "it works" a bit differently that if I were still military). Since he doesn't know the legal standards he has to work under, I was content to sit back and wait to see how his next attack came. Some of the others were so stressed they went to the commander who said she had heard rumors and may have to "mentor" the guy. Let's face it, if a commander knows one of her folks is trashing a third of the unit's morale (productivity always follows), and does nothing without folks going to her first, she's worthless as a leader. The jury is still out on whether she actually follows through. I'm fortunate enough to be retiring in one year - under civilian rules, I would have to do something pretty bad to get get canned so I can still try to be a buffer between the guy and my folks (both civilian and military). The insane asylum took over about 15 years ago.

At any rate, that's why I love your stuff; it is so close to reality that it takes a second to figure out it's satire.

33 posted on 11/03/2013 2:42:11 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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