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Report: Obama Ousting CENTCOM Chief Mattis
Free Beacon ^ | 1/20/13 | staff

Posted on 01/20/2013 1:45:32 PM PST by Nachum

“Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned,” reports veteran national security correspondent Thomas E. Ricks.

It now appears likely that Gen. Mattis, a Marine Corps legend, will leave his post as head of America’s most important combatant command in March, several months earlier than planned. Ricks continues:

Why the hurry? 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?

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KEYWORDS: benghazigate; centcom; generalpurge; jamesmattis; mattis; militarypurge; obama; ousting; purginggenerals
Questions like: What happens if you disarm Americans and China invades?
1 posted on 01/20/2013 1:45:44 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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2 posted on 01/20/2013 1:46:59 PM PST by Nachum (Back on the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

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3 posted on 01/20/2013 1:48:07 PM PST by Nachum (Back on the Google blacklist- www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
Our flag officers *must* realize that their Community Organizer-In-Chief has a white hot (no pun intended) contempt for them as well as the Armed Forces in general.The ambitious ones will have figured out how to advance over the next four years.The dedicated,patriotic ones know they don't have a prayer while Osama Obama’s in office
4 posted on 01/20/2013 1:50:45 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Red State Secession Is The Only Answer)
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To: Nachum

I’ll wager that Osama has a *particular* contempt for the Marine Corpse,which could explain the reason for this move.


5 posted on 01/20/2013 1:52:46 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Red State Secession Is The Only Answer)
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To: Nachum

Gen Mattis never pulled any punches. That is why his Marines would crawl through hell dragging a gasoline bladder for him. His greatest quote comes during the Iraqi insugency when he met with Sunni tribal leaders.

“I come to you with tears in my eyes, I bring no artillery, but if you phuck with me I will kill you all”


6 posted on 01/20/2013 1:53:37 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: sean327

a man’s man. A real man. I am sad to think he won’t be helping protect me (I am female) and my kids any longer.


7 posted on 01/20/2013 2:02:53 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Nachum
A shakeup of generals and admirals has been going on since last year. I imagine Obama is replacing them with more politically reliable butt kissers.
8 posted on 01/20/2013 2:05:04 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Nachum

Well, he's gone. One of the last good ones.

And if you really want to get depressed, read this:

Marines studying mindfulness-based training

" CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- The U.S. Marine Corps, known for turning out some of the military's toughest warriors, is studying how to make its troops even tougher through meditative practices, yoga-type stretching and exercises based on mindfulness. Marine Corps officials say they will build a curriculum that would integrate mindfulness-based techniques into their training if they see positive results from a pilot project. Mindfulness is a Buddhist-inspired concept that emphasizes active attention on the moment to keep the mind in the present."

9 posted on 01/20/2013 2:07:35 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Nachum

Competency, when found, must be crushed sez Barry.


10 posted on 01/20/2013 2:08:44 PM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Our flag officers *must* realize that their Community Organizer-In-Chief has a white hot (no pun intended) contempt for them as well as the Armed Forces in general.

Officers of flag rank, no matter what branch of service, are political appointees. They owe their rank - and their pay, benefits and RETIREMENT packages - to The Won.

All they have to do it continue their public support for the Politburo and, just like their Soviet counterparts, they will have their dachas and their pensions in a few years.

Follow the money. When someone says it's not about the money, it's about the money.

11 posted on 01/20/2013 2:11:42 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Nachum
Obama’s purging of the Generals continues..
12 posted on 01/20/2013 2:18:16 PM PST by 444Flyer
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To: Old Sarge
>>Officers of flag rank, no matter what branch of service, are political appointees. They owe their rank - and their pay, benefits and RETIREMENT packages - to The Won.

Wrong. The services competitively promote through O-8 (two stars). Beyond that, they are political appointees and their rank reverts to O-8 upon their retirement unless the Senate allows them to keep the higher rank. Obama has simply made the process far worse. He is systematically destroying our military. He hates the military because it is everything he is not: dutiful, honorable, godly, brave, patriotic. This pitiful man knows deep down he's a cowardly, bullying putz.

13 posted on 01/20/2013 2:23:40 PM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: pabianice

. He hates the military because it is everything he is not: dutiful, honorable, godly, brave, patriotic. This pitiful man knows deep down he’s a cowardly, bullying putz.

I agree with every word there but one, putz....substitute another P word, right anatomical area wrong word, and you win the prize!


14 posted on 01/20/2013 2:44:34 PM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Nachum

Maybe he found the coordinates for Site Y.


15 posted on 01/20/2013 2:45:52 PM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: pabianice
This pitiful man(-child) knows deep down he's a cowardly, bullying putz.

Dead on precise.

TS

16 posted on 01/20/2013 2:50:25 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
"A shakeup of generals and admirals has been going on since last year. I imagine Obama is replacing them with more politically reliable butt kissers."

Or officers who would order their troops to fire on American citizens if "things turn in an ugly direction" and Obama deems it necessary.

17 posted on 01/20/2013 2:56:02 PM PST by Truth29
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To: Brad from Tennessee
A shakeup of generals and admirals has been going on since last year. I imagine Obama is replacing them with more politically reliable butt kissers.

A Communist coup is underway. Those generals who might resist are being replaced by those who won't.

Useful idiots should send in their applications ASAP.

18 posted on 01/20/2013 2:57:30 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: Nachum
Is this a part of Obama's flexibility deal with Putin, to fire all our top military leaders?

-PJ

19 posted on 01/20/2013 3:02:24 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Nachum

Maybe he didn’t kiss the ring of the Tampa housewives.


20 posted on 01/20/2013 3:05:42 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Nachum

A primary reason I cannot stand the way our military is set up under civil rule, not that it shouldn’t be just not the way it is, is that some punk-assed little kid like Obama can come in and trash a 40 year career of a General that this nation needs.


21 posted on 01/20/2013 3:10:26 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Nachum

One bigtime weakness at DOD is that there are far too many civilians, making to much money and with too much power. When Pentagon cuts are called for let them be from the civilian force!!


22 posted on 01/20/2013 3:13:21 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Nachum

I’m sure there’s at least one XO from my past who’s thrilled by all this. We used to have some very heated discussions about gun control while I was on a CG. He was a W-2 (Washington Weenie), and as an O-5 felt very strongly that only police and the military should have access to firearms. Now he’s a Vice Admiral - go figure.


23 posted on 01/20/2013 3:21:45 PM PST by GreyHoundSailor
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To: Nachum

USMC ping


24 posted on 01/20/2013 3:33:04 PM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: DesertRhino

Speaking of that....What happened to the other 2 4 star Generals...Hamm and the other guy...those that have the rumors swirling about their “removal” for disobeying the Stand Down orders? I followed this like a nut for a while and then just saw it drip away.

Does anybody have a feel for what McCain is doing in his investigation? Is Hillary “Boo Boo” Clinton going to testify? Is this just going to peter out like Fast and Furious?

You know....I had hopes for McCain. He’s let us down so many times....But, THIS time....I was hoping that his time as a POW would drive him to reveal the truth.

Anybody have any ideas on if this investigation is just a joke? I kind of stopped following it...been let down too many times. Losing hope in our country.

Oh, and as far as the soldier in the orig post: He sounds like a real man...a real patriot. No wonder ‘lil DL Barry got rid of him.

I’d appreciate any news on the Benghazi hearings. Are they dying on the vine ala F&F?


25 posted on 01/20/2013 3:37:22 PM PST by Pigsley
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To: Gay State Conservative

Surely that can’t be the case. Michelle is always doing things to help military familys and just recently held another event to show support. That is a a farce!


26 posted on 01/20/2013 3:45:20 PM PST by Flyover Country ("Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie??")
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To: Pigsley

Dude..McCain? really? The guy is a nutcase and CANNOT be depended on. At. All.


27 posted on 01/20/2013 4:07:27 PM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Nachum

1930s Stalinist purges..


28 posted on 01/20/2013 4:13:23 PM PST by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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To: Nachum

Here is the ultimate irony. The rap on the Administration of Bush The Younger was that they didn’t listen to dissentiing voices. So General Mattis asked embarrassing questions? That’s part of his job.


29 posted on 01/20/2013 4:14:36 PM PST by Lysandru
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To: Michael Barnes

I know he can’t be depended upon.

I just thought that because he rotted and was tortured for years in VN that this might be something that he would follow through on. You know...the “hero guys” begging for help? Well, I’m still hanging my hat on that...Dude.

Anybody else you think is on this case?


30 posted on 01/20/2013 4:26:07 PM PST by Pigsley
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To: Nachum

Andbthat is how chess, military battles and growing companies work.

The questions are always:

“What is our expected outcome?”

“How do we achieve that?”

“what is our contingency?”

“What next?”

“will thus get us closer to achieving our aims?”

“What next?”

And so and so on....

If at the end of your tactical goal you still have the same enemy what did you achieve?


31 posted on 01/20/2013 5:24:05 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Nachum
"Like, what do you do with Iran once the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe?"

You do what our better forefathers would do.

Denazification, cumulative review. Report, 1 April 1947-30 April 1948.


32 posted on 01/20/2013 5:47:59 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Nachum
"Questions like: What happens if you disarm Americans and China invades?"

Answer: Our bipartisan, global bosses of politics, academia and business get new managers in our USA--better managers than us good-for-nothing, lazy, stupid, unionizing, commie Americans (bosses' words--not mine). After the invasion, our new Chinese PLA managers would properly crack the whip on redneck, "sexist," "homophobic," anti-environment trash like me.

That should get me an _A_.


33 posted on 01/20/2013 5:58:07 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Nachum

Perhaps he is a very strong Constitutionalist who would be willing to begin his campaign for the White House now and take the Democrats out in 2016?


34 posted on 01/20/2013 8:16:56 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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I’d appreciate any news on the Benghazi hearings.

Get on Mesta's ping list. You won't miss a thing! Trust me.

35 posted on 01/20/2013 8:54:44 PM PST by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 444Flyer; Nachum
Hamdania and Haditha. Hamdania, Haditha and Mattis. Mattis threw those Marines to the political wolves, so what comes around goes around…

Isn’t CENTCOM in Florida, where all the Kelly/Petraeus scandal broke? Hmmm

36 posted on 01/20/2013 10:19:17 PM PST by Saoirise (Free Larry Hutchins - USMC)
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To: 444Flyer; Nachum
Hamdania and Haditha. Hamdania, Haditha and Mattis. Mattis threw those Marines to the political wolves, so what comes around goes around…

Isn’t CENTCOM in Florida, where all the Kelly/Petraeus scandal broke? Hmmm

37 posted on 01/20/2013 10:21:36 PM PST by Saoirise (Free Larry Hutchins - USMC)
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To: pabianice

He’s also destroying it because any good dictator worth his salt must have the military supporting him and he knows the mil mostly hates him.


38 posted on 01/21/2013 12:20:21 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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