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Posted on 01/25/2013 7:53:06 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Obama Fires Top General Without Even a Phone Call Daniel Halper January 25, 2013 10:26 AM
President Barack Obama fired General James Mattis, the head of Central Command, without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced.
"I am told that 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," Thomas E. Ricks reports.
In another post, Ricks says Mattis was fired because:
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?"
There is also a belief that Mattis and Obama differed on Iran. "A particular point of disagreement was what to do about mischief Iran is exporting to other countries. Mattis is indeed more hawkish on this than the White House was," writes Ricks in yet another post.
"National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in particular was irked by Mattis's insistence on being heard. I cringe when I hear about civilians shutting down strategic discussions. That is exactly what the Bush administration did in late 2002 when generals persisted in questioning whether it was wise to invade Iraq. That led to what some might call a fiasco."
3 down, how many more to go?
Probably refused to fire on Americans...
Mattis was the last of our fighting generals.
So all we have left is political officers (aka Timm Curry in the Hunt for Red October).
Wow, he reached the rank of general with out learning you dont challenge Democrats with tough questions.
That was my very first thought.
“A particular point of disagreement was what to do about mischief Iran is exporting to other countries.”
“Mischief”... Is that what we are calling Iran’s hand in terrorism these days?
Go figure....uneducated, biased and naive Obama Administration civilians get pissed because he pushed them to actually work and work out [gasp] options!
Chess is apparently beyond the capabilities of the administration.
If you don’t bow down and worship the boss, you’re out.
That is the new litmus test we're told.
Little Barry is such a wussie!
Always seeking respect but never giving any.
I can just hear Obama, "Fire him, I've got a tee-time in 20."
looks like job opening for another boot licker
What exactly is Obama's view of Iran? As a matter of fact can anyone define America's policy regarding Iran at any time since 1981? We sold them weapons for hostages, armed Saddam Hussein so he could slaughter them, buy their oil (oil for food scam), sell them technology (through third party countries), threaten them, betray the people of Iran when they try to rise up, promise to negotiate, play footsie in the UN, give them a Predator drone and get really serious with more sanctions. I don't know how anyone could disagree about Iran since no one has a position on Iran.
No, it would be “I’ve got a tee time in twenuh.”
“...fired..., without even calling the general to let him know he was being replaced.”
I’d say that was dishonorable, contrary to good order and discipline, and undermines cohesion.
“...he pushed the civilians so hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran.”
In many cases, the consequences of action, military or not, do not receive enough attention. But that seems to be the liberal way of thinking.