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DOD: Gen. Martin Dempsey opted to phone Florida pastor
Politico ^ | 13 Sep 12 | KATE BRANNEN

Posted on 09/13/2012 3:06:36 PM PDT by SkyPilot

Edited on 09/13/2012 8:06:25 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

The military’s top uniformed leader decided on his own to phone an extremist Florida pastor linked to an inflammatory anti-Islamic online video, the Pentagon said Thursday – no one else asked him to do so.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called Florida pastor Terry Jones on Wednesday to ask him to withdraw his support for the video that some reports have linked with anti-American unrest in the Muslim world, a spokesman said.


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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: 1stammendment; 20120912; bhodod; dempsey; dove; doveworldoutreach; dwo; ericschmidt; freespeech; google; islam; martindempsey; terryjones; videomyth
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1 posted on 09/13/2012 3:06:39 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
I have followed US politics for a long time. I don't think the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has ever phoned a private citizen before regarding a free speech matter.

This is a first. We are all finding out how a banana republic works.

2 posted on 09/13/2012 3:09:50 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: SkyPilot
News on General Dempsey from 3 weeks ago (22 Aug 12):

Dempsey: Military Must Remain Apolitical

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has a message for those who wear and have worn our country’s uniform: “We are not elected to serve; rather, we elect to serve.”

American Forces Press Service (“Dempsey: Political Activity Erodes Public Trust in Military“):

Using the uniform for partisan politics erodes the trust the American people have in their military, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said today.

During a discussion with reporters aboard a C-17 returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff addressed a question about a group of Navy SEALs who have put together a political action committee.

Dempsey has been outspoken that service members have truly earned their right to vote, and that all Americans are entitled to private and personal opinions.

But, the chairman said, he and his fellow members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are the stewards of the profession of arms, and must ensure service members don’t cross an important line. ion.”

3 posted on 09/13/2012 3:09:55 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

B.S.


4 posted on 09/13/2012 3:10:14 PM PDT by Third Person (I'm in my prime.)
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To: SkyPilot

Looks like Terry Jones has more influence in the Muslim world than the DOD, Obama, or Clinton

Good for him - Secretary of State material?


5 posted on 09/13/2012 3:10:39 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: SkyPilot

This is a free country. If it’s not then the general needs to hand in his uniforms and quit. Because when it’s not free there’s nothing worth defending.


6 posted on 09/13/2012 3:11:03 PM PDT by GOPJ (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading - T. Jefferson)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Ditto and shame on him especially since it had nothing to do with the movie and more to do with a coordinated 9-11 event with the movie a throwaway to their sheepies.


7 posted on 09/13/2012 3:11:13 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,Â)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

....more like Odumbo leaned on him to do something...doubt that he’d do it of his own initiative..


8 posted on 09/13/2012 3:11:45 PM PDT by telstar12.5 (...always bring bigger guns to a gun fight...)
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To: SkyPilot

Finger pointing ,Blame time , even though Obama went to Libya with out congress,Obama owns all this


9 posted on 09/13/2012 3:12:03 PM PDT by molson209
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To: SkyPilot

I just read on another thread that the owner of the company that released the film is a close friend of Obama’s


10 posted on 09/13/2012 3:12:21 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: SkyPilot

President Romney should hand that Obama toady a copy of the US Constitution when he turns in his resignation.


11 posted on 09/13/2012 3:13:06 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: SkyPilot

After being inaugarated, Romney needs to fire this moron.

But he won’t. Republicans are wussies.


12 posted on 09/13/2012 3:14:21 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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To: SkyPilot

The pastor, Terry Jones did not cause any of this. The Muslims did. But since Pastor Jones is a Christian the libs and generals can say all manner of evil against him. After all, a Christian won’t kill us nor does a Christian have feelings.


13 posted on 09/13/2012 3:17:18 PM PDT by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: SkyPilot; Former Proud Canadian

Yeah, “opted” after the phone call from the WH.

That said, it doesn’t matter why he did it. A military official should never call a private citizen about anything.

This is especially true in the case of an obscure nutcase who would have been forgotten after that bizarre event a couple of years ago except that Obama keeps it in the public view.

Does anybody know of any precedent for this? The head of the military calling a private citizen to tell him to not to do something?

Well, maybe getting off with just a phone call is a good thing. If Obama gets reelected, they’ll probably just come and haul Jones off to prison - along with a lot of much more modest, completely innocuous folks who have offended Islam simply by breathing. Most of us here will probably be among them.


14 posted on 09/13/2012 3:18:18 PM PDT by livius
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To: SkyPilot

A US military General directly calls a private American citizen ostensibly “asking” that private citizen to do, or stop doing something. How scary is that!

This is not going to end well. This is unprecedented. Where are the “Republicans” demanding his immediate resignation? This is an outrage.


15 posted on 09/13/2012 3:20:21 PM PDT by Obadiah (The Hunger Games -- Obama's vision for America)
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To: SkyPilot

Gen Dempsey could use some Ann Barnhardt!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qeyrp-V3Jvc


16 posted on 09/13/2012 3:20:55 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: SkyPilot
This is what I don't get:

You can kill hundreds of thousands of Muslims and they do not seem to get all that upset.

However? If you “insult” Mohamed or Islam, they go bonkers!

And, this from Islamic nuts who brainwash Palestinian kids to hate Jews, in their cartoons!

18 posted on 09/13/2012 3:22:39 PM PDT by Kansas58
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This is what I don't get:

You can kill hundreds of thousands of Muslims and they do not seem to get all that upset.

However? If you “insult” Mohamed or Islam, they go bonkers!

And, this from Islamic nuts who brainwash Palestinian kids to hate Jews, in their cartoons!

19 posted on 09/13/2012 3:22:48 PM PDT by Kansas58
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This is what I don't get:

You can kill hundreds of thousands of Muslims and they do not seem to get all that upset.

However? If you “insult” Mohamed or Islam, they go bonkers!

And, this from Islamic nuts who brainwash Palestinian kids to hate Jews, in their cartoons!

20 posted on 09/13/2012 3:22:55 PM PDT by Kansas58
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