Skip to comments.Obama Taps Surprise Choice For Joint Chiefs Of Staff Chairman
Posted on 05/25/2011 4:03:58 PM PDT by Nachum
President Barack Obama has chosen Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to AP sources. Dempsey is a surprising choice because he began a four-year term as Army chief of staff just last month. Service chiefs have rarely, if ever, been promoted to JCS chairman so quickly. Marine Gen. James Cartwright, an Obama favorite, had long been considered the frontrunner for the JCS post. Gen. Cartwright was passed over, government officials said Tuesday, due to an inquiry into anonymous accusations that the general had a relationship with
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Do you know if he supports DADT?
I thought Corporal Max Klinger or Private Bradley Manning were in the mix, knowing this administration, or maybe Sergeant Bilko or Private Gomer Pyle.
I've always thought Petreus should have gotten the honor of Army COS after his outstanding service. I suspect Barry sent him to CIA to deny him that.
One can only wonder what kind of “deal” Gen. Dempsey had to make to get such an offer.
Have not heard. That would be one possibility to his nomination though.
You can be sure that any officer promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General/Vice Admiral and above will be required to promise to support the repeal of DADT and required to support the Administration’s defense policy. That has been true for all administrations. Any dissent will have to be done privately. MacArthur publicly disagreed with Truman. He was fired.
I’d bet they checked his party affiliation and it was Democrat and I’ll also bet he supported DADT.
“This was the guy Obama appointed Army COS instead of Gen. Petreus?
I’ve always thought Petreus should have gotten the honor of Army COS after his outstanding service. I suspect Barry sent him to CIA to deny him that.”
I’m quite sure the head of the CIA is a higher ranking slot, than the Army COS, in the overall order of US government undertakings.
Based on my further review, I more sure the head of the CIA is a much higher ranking, and more responsibile position.
So Petreaus got elevated. Petreaus has been instrumental in gaining Obama some credibility and chops, for handling the national security topic, along with Sec. Gates.
Obama owed Petreaus a promotion.
Given that he was nominated, I'd say it's a pretty safe bet that he supports its repeal.
Party affiliation probably had nothing to do with it. The military is supposed to be apolitical. The military has a saying, “Cooperate and Graduate.” Whether he privately is opposed to repeal of DADT, in public his is position is pro DADT repeal. Or the other choice is retirement.
If he works for Onada he must. Navy leadership has already been subverted by the left. Onada’s been working on doing same to Army. I do not share some folks enthusiasm for Patraeus. Some reasons:
1. He rolled over for the US soldier threatening ROE in Afghanistan.
2. Nary a peep from the man about DADT.
3. He whined that a US citizen burning a Koran endangered US soldiers. Nary a peep about terrorist hostage beheadings, use of women and children as shields, indiscriminate killing of non-combatants etc.
I will be happy when the man disappears.
Knowing how deeply Obama relies on manipulating the information flow to the public, I would suggest there might be something about this nomination that needs investigating; the information is being released when Obama himself via his visit to Great Britain is dominating the “presidential” news, making this COS nomination a mere footnote that will be given very little attention.
Technically the head of CIA is higher ranking than Army COS, but CIA now reports to the DNI and not the President directly. I suspect a career military officer would want to cap his career with the highest Army post.
“Technically the head of CIA is higher ranking than Army COS, but CIA now reports to the DNI and not the President directly. I suspect a career military officer would want to cap his career with the highest Army post.”
I suppose a career military officer goes where he is asked to go.
Head of CIA is far more prestigious and powerful than a mere branch chief staffer (they are not in the chain of command).
From there Petraeus could go to Chairman JCOS or to Sec. Def.
Finally with Petraeus’ experience, he is far better utilized at CIA. The national security stands to benefit from his field experience.
Obama has been wise to use this man.