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  • Obama Admin to IDF Generals: Stop Being So Concerned About Israel’s Security

    12/26/2013 1:04:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 28 replies
    free beacon ^ | 12/26/13 | Staff
    The Obama administration is pressuring Israeli generals to stop publicly voicing their concerns about the administration’s security proposals in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and instead endorse the administration’s plans, according to Israeli media reports. The administration is seeking a complete or partial IDF withdrawal from the Jordan Valley, where the border between Israel and Jordan lies at the eastern edge of Judea and Samaria, also called the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority has long sought control of the valley. However, Israel and Jordan are opposed to an IDF withdrawal, which they fear would enable the transit of terrorists and arms through Jordan...
  • Obama VS. the Generals

    11/14/2013 8:19:40 AM PST · by thefactor · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | Nov, 2013 | Rosa Brooks
    After a spate of news stories this summer citing tensions between President Barack Obama and his top military commanders over the possibility of U.S. intervention in Syria, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough hastened to assure the Washington Post that everything was, in fact, copacetic: The president “appreciates” candid military advice “above all else,” McDonough insisted, and has “close, and in some instances warm, relationships with his military chiefs,” as the Post put it.During my own time at the Pentagon, where I worked as an Obama appointee from the spring of 2009 until mid-2011, few seemed to hold this...
  • Why are so many generals getting the axe?

    11/01/2013 3:48:21 AM PDT · by kimtom · 30 replies
    http://allenbwest.com ^ | October 31, 2013 | Michele Hickford
    Ever notice how no cabinet members in the Obama Administration are ever fired (the names Holder, Rice, Sibelius spring to mind), but in the last year nine senior generals have been fired? I wonder why that is? According to a report from The Blaze: Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, said the White House fails to take action or investigate its own, but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.” “Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into...
  • Air Force Fires Two Star General in Charge of Nuke Missiles

    10/12/2013 4:17:04 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 90 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 12 2013 | Luis Martinez and ABC News video
    Video at link: The Air Force’s two star general in charge of the units responsible for its 450 nuclear missiles has been fired “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment.” Maj. Gen. Michael Carey has been removed from command of the 20th Air Force, according to an Air Force statement. That command is responsible for the three wings that maintain control of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles scattered in missile silos across the northern plains. Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, made the decision because of what the...
  • Panetta orders Pentagon investigation of legal, ethical issues among military leaders

    11/15/2012 7:56:28 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 15, 2012 | Craig Whitlock
    BANGKOK — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered the Pentagon to find out why so many generals and admirals have become embroiled in legal and ethical problems, a trend exacerbated by recent investigations of two of the military’s best-known commanders. The Pentagon disclosed Panetta’s directive on Thursday after he arrived in Thailand as part of a visit to Asia. But aides insisted that he had been considering the review for some time and that it was not prompted by revelations that the FBI has been investigating former CIA director David H. Petraeus, a retired Army general, and Marine Gen....
  • Florida imam's jihad terror ties exposed by local news station

    11/28/2012 8:13:52 AM PST · by bayouranger · 3 replies
    jihadwatch.org ^ | 26NOV12 | Robert Spencer
    We all know CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN or Fox wasn't going to do it. "Imam’s Terrorist Ties Exposed by Local News Station," from Judicial Watch, November 26 (thanks to Pamela Geller): While the Obama Justice Department tours the nation condemning unfounded discrimination against Muslims at their place of worship, a local Florida news station uncovers an imam’s ties to a blind sheik behind the first World Trade Center bombing in the early 90s. Not surprisingly, the administration’s campaign to combat mosque intolerance is being heavily promoted while the shocking imam terrorist story gets swept under the rug. We only know...
  • Daniel Greenfield: Obama’s War on American Generals

    03/11/2013 5:07:07 AM PDT · by Tugo · 27 replies
    FrontPage Magazine.com ^ | Feb. 19, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    During the Bush administration there were only two American commanders of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Under Obama there have so far been five. There has been a new ISAF commander nearly every single year that Obama has been in office. The only exception is 2012 when Obama was too busy trying to win an election to bother further sabotaging a losing war. The parade of musical chair generals began when Obama demanded the resignation of General McKiernan. The Washington Post called the firing of a wartime commander a “rare decision.” It was the first time since the...
  • Obama regime purges 5th senior military officer: Cmdr of CENTCOM James Mattis

    03/09/2013 5:30:34 PM PST · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 46 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | March 5, 2013 | Dr. Eowyn
    Last December, in my post, “Obama purges U.S. Command, Part 1,” I wrote: Within two months after the Benghazi attack, four senior U.S. military officers were purged: Gen. Carter Ham, on October 18.Adm. Charles Gaouette, on October 27.Gen. David Petraeus, on November 9.Gen. John Allen, on November 13. Ostensibly, Petraeus’ “retirement” and Allen’s suspended promotion are due to both men’s moral conduct. But surely we are not so naive as to think that Petraeus and Allen are the only U.S. military officers who’ve ever committed adultery or written flirtatious email. As for Ham’s “retirement” and Gaouette’s “temporary re-assignment” (reassignment to...
  • GOP vs. the generals all over again

    02/12/2013 3:19:02 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 21 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 12 Feb 13 | Kevin Baron
    <p>The nation’s top military officers formed a solid front in the Senate on Tuesday and called on members of Congress to stop passing temporary spending measures and avert the automatic budget cut known as sequester.</p>
  • Exit Another Fighting Gen.

    01/26/2013 11:51:16 AM PST · by pepperdog · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 23, 2013 | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    Lost in the inaugural hullabaloo was Tuesday’s news that President Obama has relieved Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the colorful and highly decorated Marine who’s been in charge of the crucial US Central Command, which oversees the various wars in the Middle East, since 2010. (excerpt)
  • Russian Military Intel Tells Kremlin Obama Fired Military Officers Because He 'Fears a Coup'

    11/21/2012 5:23:06 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 74 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 21 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    According to (shadowy anonymous blogger) Sorcha Faal the Russian military's GRU foreign intelligence unit presented a report to Kremlin leadership late last month that said Obama removed one of the United States Navy’s most powerful admirals from his command (in the wake of Benghazi 9/11) specifically because he fears a military coup is being planned against him.  On 9/11/2012, that officer -Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette, commander of Carrier Strike Group Three in the Middle East- apparently felt obligated to come to the aid of besieged US defenses at the Benghazi consulate, violating an utterly bewildering White House command he probably had a hard time believing was...
  • General Petraeus on leadership (His views on truth)

    11/13/2012 9:05:24 PM PST · by haffast · 12 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | March 5, 2010: 4:55 AM ET | Interview by Brian O'Keefe
    (snip) When you’re evaluating yourself, what qualities do you try to focus on? Petraeus: On every bit of guidance I give, the last instruction is: Learn and adapt. We also work very hard on [being] **first with the truth**. That’s a powerful admonition: First of all, we’re going to **tell the truth**. We’re not going to put lipstick on pigs. We’re going to be absolutely **100% forthright** and **brutally honest** with — not just with ourselves and with our subordinates and our superiors — but **with the press**. The credibility of leaders is of enormous importance. How do you identify...
  • Scandal probe ensnares commander of U.S., NATO troops in Afghanistan ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

    11/12/2012 10:22:04 PM PST · by JouleZ · 112 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2012 | Craig Whitlock
    Here we go again. Obama is taking down the leadership of Americas military.(my words) According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of “potentially inappropriate” emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman whose close friendship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall. Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011.
  • 160+ Generals/Admirals Take Out Full-Page Ad Urging Americans to Remove Obama from Power

    11/05/2012 4:54:15 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 05 November 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Bless these brave soldiers for standing up for our country and what it's actually all about,  regardless of threats emanating from the failing, flailing Obama Administration.  _____________________________ h/t Mitt Romney for President
  • 500 Admirals, Generals to Endorse Romney

    11/04/2012 5:07:40 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 37 replies
    500 Admirals, Generals to Endorse Romney Nearly 500 former military admirals and generals are poised to endorse Mitt Romney, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. The group will post a full page ad in the Washington Times on Monday. The advertisement will have the headline, “We, the undersigned, proudly support Governor Mitt Romney as our nation’s next President and Commander-in-Chief,” followed by the names of the former military commanders. A spokesman for the group emphasized its independence from the official campaign. The Romney campaign has not sanctioned this ad buy, a spokesman said, and the members of the group are...
  • Obama Administration Replaces Top Generals Following Benghazi Disaster

    10/27/2012 4:39:50 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 89 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 27, 2012 | Jim Holt
    The latest rumor making the rounds is that Barack Obama replaced General Carter Ham at Africom after the general made a move to help the US security officials at the Benghazi consulate and annex. Ham was replaced by Gen. David Rodriquez on October 18. Tiger Droppings reported: The information I heard today was that General [Carter] Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready. General Ham then...
  • Obama 2005: 'The President is not the Attorney General’s client; the people are'

    06/20/2012 9:53:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 6/20/12 | Charlie Spierling
    In 2005, then-Senator Obama had some pretty strong ideas about what the Attorney General’s duties were. Speaking on the Senate floor during the nomination confirmation of President George W. Bush’s Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales, Obama explained why he opposed the nomination. “The Attorney General’s job is not just to enforce the President’s laws it is to tell the President what the law is. The job is not simply to facilitate the President’s power, it is to speak truth to that power as well,” Obama stated during the hearing.
  • Pentagon trimming ranks of generals, admirals

    12/28/2011 7:35:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/28/11 | Greg Whitlock
    With the Iraq war over and troops in Afghanistan on their way home, the U.S. military is getting down to brass tacks: culling generals and admirals from its top-heavy ranks. Pentagon officials said they have eliminated 27 jobs for generals and admirals since March, the first time the Defense Department has imposed such a reduction since the aftermath of the Cold War, when the collapse of the Soviet Union prompted the military to downsize. The cuts are part of a broader plan to shrink the upper ranks by 10 percent over five years, restoring them
  • Red Lines

    06/12/2011 5:21:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 17 replies
    INTERNET-HAGANAH.com ^ | June 12, 2011 | INTERNET-HAGANAH.com
    SNIPPET: "There are some good reasons for allowing at least a few jihadi forums to operate." SNIPPET: "However, there are limits to our ability to exploit all the intelligence opportunities a forum may present. To put it another way, jihadi forums contribute to future terrorism in ways that are unpredictable and/or beyond our ability to control. This would be the view held by those other government agencies who prefer to seek out and destroy forums and to take down forum activists. For my part, I can live with keeping online those forums we have sufficient access to monitor and resources...
  • Memo to the General: Free Speech Doesn’t Kill People, Jihadists Kill People

    04/07/2011 8:00:24 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 11 replies
    AdvancingAFreeSociety.org ^ | A.D. 5 April 2011 | Bruce Thornton
    Citizen control of the military is one of the most important foundations of political freedom. Rather than an instrument of a powerful autocrat or king, the army in a republic serves the collective interests, security, and policies of the state as determined by the citizens through the constitutional processes of deliberation and election. Generals are limited to one task: managing conflict so that those political aims are achieved. Thus they should keep quiet about politics, which frequently requires knowledge that professional soldiers do not necessarily possess. This circumscribed role for generals has a long tradition, one famously reinforced by President...
  • Military disturbed by rapid turnover at top in Afghan, Iraq wars

    06/26/2010 7:12:42 PM PDT · by Saije · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/26/2010 | Greg Jaffe
    Since 2001, a dozen commanders have cycled through the top jobs in Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S. Central Command, which oversees both wars. Three of those commanders -- including the recently dismissed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal -- have been fired or resigned under pressure. History has judged many others harshly, and only two, Gen. David H. Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno, are widely praised as having mastered the complex mixture of skills that running America's wars demands. For the military, this record of mediocrity raises a vexing question: What is wrong with the system that produces top generals?*** Explanations for...
  • Military disturbed by rapid turnover at top in Afghan, Iraq wars

    06/26/2010 7:12:42 PM PDT · by Saije · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/26/2010 | Greg Jaffe
    Since 2001, a dozen commanders have cycled through the top jobs in Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S. Central Command, which oversees both wars. Three of those commanders -- including the recently dismissed Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal -- have been fired or resigned under pressure. History has judged many others harshly, and only two, Gen. David H. Petraeus and Gen. Ray Odierno, are widely praised as having mastered the complex mixture of skills that running America's wars demands. For the military, this record of mediocrity raises a vexing question: What is wrong with the system that produces top generals?*** Explanations for...
  • Reorientation of China’s Armed Forces: Implications for the Future Promotions of PLA Generals

    06/24/2010 5:09:14 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Jamestown Foundation China Brief ^ | 6/24/2010 | Joseph Y. Lin
    Recent discourse concerning the Chinese People’s Liberation Army's (PLA) modernization has principally focused on technological advances and less on the human dimension of PLA force transformation. In particular, a review of these discussions revealed the absence of a publicly available database of Chinese military leaders with the rank of full general (shangjiang). Against the backdrop of the PLA’s stated intention to reorient the armed forces as part of its modernization efforts, an analysis of promotion patterns of the 118 PLA generals (1981 - 2009) may yield important insights into the foci of PLA force transformation. PLA to Build Up Navy...
  • Commentary: A General’s View From Iraq

    12/11/2009 3:29:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 424+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Brig. Gen. Stephen Lanza,USA
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 11, 2009 – I'm frequently asked for my assessment of the situation in Iraq, especially after an incident like the heinous terrorist attacks that killed innocent civilians Dec. 8. Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the people killed or injured. The attacks against the people of Iraq are clear indications of an enemy threatened by Iraq's progress in representative government and strengthening national unity. They stand in stark contrast to the compromise and consensus reached on the election law less than a week ago. Iraqis' choice to move forward to a bright future created...
  • Obama won't 'micromanage' generals in Afghanistan: Clinton

    10/31/2009 3:09:54 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 38 replies · 1,607+ views
    AFP (hosted on Google) ^ | October 31, 2009
    WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will lay out broad strategic guidelines for Afghanistan after November 7 runoff elections there but will not "micromanage" the generals fighting the war, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday. Clinton made the remarks when asked whether forces would be pulled back from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border under a new strategy that reportedly will refocus the US-led military effort on protecting Afghan population centers. "The president is not going to micromanage what our generals do," she said in an interview with PBS television. "The president is going to say, 'Here's our strategic objectives, here's what...
  • Air Force Generals Controlling Nuclear Missiles Removed

    10/15/2009 10:42:46 PM PDT · by STD · 42 replies · 2,323+ views
    self ^ | 10/16/09 | self
    News that Air Force Generals were sacked by the President for recent mishaps, incidents and failures in exercises at nuclear missile batteries hidden across the Western United States has been widely questioned by the Airmen and Airwomen based at these facilities. It's time that somebody brought out the truth that the politicians in Washington DC seem desperate to hide' one NCO reported in a blog sent out yesterday NCO's at Minot ND's Air Base are quick to point out that nothing abnormal, or unexpected has occurred over the past year that could possibly have warranted the removal of these Air...
  • 3 Retired Generals Warn of Peril in Attacking Iraq Without Backing of U.N.

    09/23/2002 9:38:37 PM PDT · by newsperson999 · 68 replies · 351+ views
    NYT via TargetIraq ^ | ERIC SCHMITT
    Iraq news wires here WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 — Three retired four-star American generals said today that attacking Iraq without a United Nations resolution supporting military action could limit aid from allies, energize recruiting for Al Qaeda and undermine America's long-term diplomatic and economic interests. "We must continue to persuade the other members of the Security Council of the correctness of our position, and we must not be too quick to take no for an answer," Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The officers' testimony came on...
  • "Give Our Generals What They Need" - Sign The Petition

    09/15/2009 7:31:38 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies · 204+ views
    http://radioviceonline.com ^ | September 15, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    Vets for Freedom Connecticut representative Melissa Weaver (SGT, CTANG, OIF 2003-2004) has sent me an e-mail requesting our help. A sometimes co-host and a brave woman and soldier … I assured her we would not hesitate. We have never wavered in our support for our soldiers … and right now our soldiers in Afghanistan need our help. Tomorrow (Wednesday) The Vets for Freedom, which led the charge for the surge in Iraq, will launch a petition drive urging the President to give the Generals the additional troops they have requested for Afghanistan.
  • Tillman's parents want general's record reviewed

    05/12/2009 4:45:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies · 1,126+ views
    breitbart ^ | 5/12/2009 | Lara Jakes
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The parents of slain Army Ranger and NFL star Pat Tillman voiced concerns Tuesday that the general who played a role in mischaracterizing his death could be put in charge of military operations in Afghanistan. In a brief interview with The Associated Press, Pat Tillman Sr. accused Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal of covering up the circumstances of the 2004 slaying. "I do believe that guy participated in a falsified homicide investigation," Pat Tillman Sr. said.
  • US to Replace Top General in Afghanistan (McKiernan Out & McChrystal)

    05/11/2009 10:32:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 81 replies · 6,656+ views
    Herald Net ^ | 10 May 09 | Pauline Jelinek and Anne Gearan
    The Pentagon will replace its top general in Afghanistan as President Barack Obama tries to turn around a stalemated war, defense officials said. The exit of Gen. David McKiernan comes as more than 21,000 additional U.S. forces begin to arrive in Afghanistan, dispatched by Obama to confront the Taliban more forcefully this spring and summer. McKiernan, on the job about a year, has asked repeatedly for additional forces. Obama’s revamped strategy for Afghanistan does markedly increase the number of U.S. forces in the country but focuses on nonmilitary solutions as a better long-term solution. Military officials who spoke on condition...
  • Four Generals Leave Roumieh Prison following Tribunal's Decision

    04/29/2009 5:38:51 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 188+ views
    Naharnet ^ | 29 Apr 09 | Staff
    Lebanon released on Wednesday four generals who had been held for nearly four years without charge over the assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri following a ruling by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The four were escorted separately out of Roumieh prison on the outskirts of Beirut in a convoy of vehicles after The Hague-based STL said there was insufficient evidence to charge them. Speaking from their respective homes after their release, the generals said they had been vindicated by the court and insisted they had nothing to do with Hariri's 2005 murder in a massive car-bombing that also killed 22...
  • 8 Generals Disciplined For Nuke Mistake[Shipment Of Nuclear Fuses To Taiwan]

    09/25/2008 1:09:25 PM PDT · by BGHater · 7 replies · 406+ views
    AP ^ | 24 Sep 2008 | AP
    6 Air Force, 2 Army Generals Punished For Shipment Of Nuclear Fuses To Taiwan Eight generals, ranging in rank from one to three stars, have been disciplined as a result of the mistaken shipment of fuses for nuclear warheads to Taiwan, The Associated Press has learned. Defense officials said Wednesday that the six Air Force and two Army generals were given disciplinary letters that vary in seriousness but often can end careers or hopes of promotion. The officers are mainly in logistical jobs and were involved to some degree in the mistaken shipment to Taiwan of four electrical fuses for...
  • Annual General Meeting (Promoting the fighting officers)

    08/05/2008 3:08:51 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 9 replies · 123+ views
    Slate ^ | 8/4/08 | Fred Kaplan
    This was why many Army officers were excited when Petraeus was appointed to chair this year's promotion board. Rarely, if ever, had a combat commander been called back from an ongoing war to assume that role. It almost certainly meant that McMaster would get his due. (Some referred to the panel as "the McMaster promotion board.") McMaster did get his star—but so did many others of his ilk. That's what makes this list an eyebrow-raiser. Among the 40 newly named one-star generals are Sean MacFarland, commander of the unit that brought order to Ramadi; Steve Townsend, who cleared and held...
  • Zimbabwean Generals Have 'Taken Robert Mugabe's Power'

    06/05/2008 1:17:34 PM PDT · by blam · 26 replies · 143+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-5-2008 | David Blair
    Zimbabwean generals have 'taken Robert Mugabe's power' By David Blair, Diplomatic Editor Last Updated: 9:03PM BST 05/06/2008 Zimbabwe's generals have mounted a "military coup by stealth", reducing President Robert Mugabe to a "figurehead", a senior western diplomat said. The tight circle of "securocrats", who sit on the Joint Operations Command (JOC) committee, are now believed to be in day-to-day charge of Zimbabwe's government. They ensured Mr Mugabe did not step down after his defeat in the presidential election's first round in March and are now masterminding a campaign of terror to suppress the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and guarantee...
  • Army's Next Crop of Generals Forged in Counterinsurgency

    05/15/2008 9:37:52 AM PDT · by gpapa · 13 replies · 106+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2008 | Ann Scott Tyson
    An Army board headed by Gen. David H. Petraeus has selected several combat-tested counterinsurgency experts for promotion to the rank of brigadier general, sifting through more than 1,000 colonels to identify a handful of innovative leaders who will shape the future Army, according to current and former senior Army officers. The choices suggest that the unusual decision to put the top U.S. officer in Iraq in charge of the promotions board has generated new thinking on the qualities of a successful Army officer -- and also deepened Petraeus's imprint on the Army. Petraeus, who spent nearly four of the past...
  • Dead Bodies Were Run Over By Tanks

    04/22/2008 1:22:59 PM PDT · by Doctor13 · 9 replies · 742+ views
    Sense Agency ^ | 17 April 2008 | The Hague
    In his evidence at the trial of Croatian generals for crimes committed in the course of Operation Storm and its aftermath, Andries Dreyer, former security coordinator in the UN Knin base, described how Croatian soldiers drove over dead bodies in a tank. The bodies were those of persons killed in a mortar shell attack on the crowd that had gathered in front of the UN base on 5 August 1995. When the shelling of Knin began at dawn on 4 August 1995, Andries Dreyer, security coordinator in the UN Knin base, had to evacuate the personnel of the UN and...
  • Odierno’s Departure

    02/07/2008 7:07:00 PM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 115+ views
    Commentary ^ | Max Boot
    Odierno’s Departure Max Boot Nadia Schadlow has an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal pointing out why it would be folly to move General Petraeus out of Iraq prematurely. This is a point that others, including me, have previously made, but Nadia adds an important historical dimension by noting all of the major generals, from George Washington to Creighton Abrams, who have spent years overseas directing American war efforts. By those standards, Petraeus’s deployment abroad, while lengthy and strenuous (counting a tour in the Balkans, since 2001 he has spent 50 months, or more than four years, overseas), is...
  • Petraeus Helping Pick New Generals

    11/17/2007 8:42:51 AM PST · by Tennessean4Bush · 85 replies · 90+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/17/2007 | Ann Scott Tyson
    Petraeus Helping Pick New GeneralsArmy Says Innovation Will Be Rewarded By Ann Scott Tyson Washington Post Staff Writer Saturday, November 17, 2007; Page A01 The Army has summoned the top U.S. commander in Iraq back to Washington to preside over a board that will pick some of the next generation of Army leaders, an unusual decision that officials say represents a vote of confidence in Gen. David H. Petraeus's conduct of the war, as well as the Army counterinsurgency doctrine he helped rewrite. The Army has long been criticized for rewarding conventional military thinking and experience in traditional combat operations,...
  • When generals and Congress mix

    09/10/2007 10:29:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 689+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/10/07 | Calvin Woodward - ap
    WASHINGTON - Gen. David Petraeus faced lawmakers Monday with glittering stars and the weight of an unpopular war on his shoulders. Much as Gen. William Westmoreland defended another divisive conflict with a steely-jawed optimism four decades ago, the Iraq war commander sat stoicly before his questioners. The first moments weren't without a discordant note indicative of the divisiveness in the air over Iraq war policy. "Tell the truth, general," shouted protesters as the four-star general made his way into the crowded hearing room. Petraeus did not respond, either to them or to the sole heckler who interrupted the session in...
  • Arm chair generals help shape surge in Iraq

    07/27/2007 7:25:45 AM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 1,010+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 25 July 2007 | Rowan Scarborough,
    When it comes to the troop surge in Iraq, a bunch of arm chair generals in Washington are influencing the Bush Administration as much as the Joint Chiefs or theater commanders. A group of military experts at the American Enterprise Institute, concerned that the U.S. was on the verge of a calamitous failure in Iraq, almost single handedly convinced the White House to change its strategy. They banded together at AEI headquarters in downtown Washington early last December and hammered out the surge plan during a weekend session. It called for two major initiatives to defeat the insurgency: reinforcing the...
  • Generals: Troops need to stay in Iraq

    07/20/2007 8:45:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 337+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/20/07 | Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor - ap
    BAGHDAD - U.S. military commanders said Friday the troop buildup in Iraq must be maintained until at least next summer and they may need as long as two years to ensure parts of the country are stable. The battlefield generals' pleas for more time come in the face of growing impatience in the United States and a push on Capitol Hill to begin withdrawing U.S. troops as soon as this fall. Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, said in an interview that if the buildup is reversed before next summer, the military will risk giving up...
  • Retired generals challenge GOP in ads

    05/09/2007 9:01:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,030+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/9/07 | Philip Elliott - ap
    CONCORD, N.H. - Three retired generals challenged a dozen members of Congress in a new ad campaign Wednesday, saying the politicians can't expect to win re-election if they support President Bush's policies in Iraq. "I am outraged, as are the majority of Americans. I'm a lifelong Republican, but it's past time for change," retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste told reporters. "Our strategy in Iraq today is more of the same, a slow grind to nowhere which totally ignores the reality of Iraq and the lessons of history," Batiste said. "Our president ignores sound military advice and surrounds himself with like-minded...
  • US combat veteran blasts generals for Iraq failures

    04/27/2007 10:42:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 824+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/27/07 | Jim Mannion
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US generals came under fire Friday in a stinging critique by a mid-level officer and combat veteran who charged that as a whole they repeated the mistakes of Vietnam in Iraq. Lieutenant Colonel Paul Yingling said the generals failed to prepare the military for counter-insurgency warfare, kept silent when the country went to war with too few troops, and botched the post-invasion occupation. "In 2007, Iraq's grave and deteriorating condition offers diminishing hope for an American victory and portends risk of an even wider and more destructive regional war," Yingling wrote in an essay published in the...
  • Army Officer Accuses Generals of 'Intellectual and Moral Failures'

    04/27/2007 1:24:55 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 118 replies · 3,021+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 27, 2007 | Thomas E. Ricks
    An active-duty Army officer is publishing a blistering attack on U.S. generals, saying they have botched the war in Iraq and misled Congress about the situation there."America's generals have repeated the mistakes of Vietnam in Iraq," charges Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, an Iraq veteran who is deputy commander of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. "The intellectual and moral failures . . . constitute a crisis in American generals."Yingling's comments are especially striking because his unit's performance in securing the northwestern Iraqi city of Tall Afar was cited by President Bush in a March 2006 speech and provided the model for...
  • General Who Survived 9/11 Feels Vindicated By Taking the Fight to Terrorists

    02/03/2007 8:27:44 AM PST · by Northup-Z · 14 replies · 551+ views
    NiSi ^ | 02/02/07 | Zac Northup
    The current director of the Air National Guard has something interesting to say about the war. Lt. Gen. Craig McKinley was serving at the Pentagon on 9/11, and marks that day as one of the worst in his career. Today, when talking about how we have taken the fight to the enemy, he does not parse his statements with politically correct language. Instead, he praises our strategy and says he feels vindicated by the war's progress. What’s more, in a subtle jab at those who would forget, he warns that we can't let our armed forces "atrophy" like we did...
  • Defense Secretary Gates Announces Recommendations to the President on Key Leadership Positions

    01/05/2007 1:15:46 PM PST · by centurion316 · 8 replies · 437+ views
    Department of Defense ^ | jan 5, 2007 | Department of Defense
    “Today, I am announcing my recommendations to the President for nomination to key command and leadership positions in our nation's Armed Forces. America is truly blessed for the service of the outstanding men who are leaving their current posts, and for the superb officers who have stepped forward to take their place. “Generals Pete Schoomaker and John Abizaid are retiring after decades of selfless and accomplished service to the nation. “General Schoomaker was in retirement during the summer of 2003 when he received a call from Secretary Rumsfeld asking him to become the Army’s 35th chief of staff. He would...
  • Generals: Reconstruction and security working in tandem throughout Iraq

    09/15/2006 4:50:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 230+ views
    BAGHDAD — Combined operations by Iraqi and Coalition forces continue to target al-Qaida terrorists at the same time as reconstruction projects continue throughout Iraq, Coalition officials told reporters on Thursday. In a joint press conference, Multi-National Force – Iraq spokesman Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV, and Maj. Gen. William H. McCoy Jr., commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Gulf Region Division, discussed progress being made on both the operational and reconstructions fronts. Since August 30th, over 150 focused operations have been conducted in Iraq, Caldwell said. The operations resulted in 66 terrorists killed and over 830 suspected...
  • A change in Iraq war plans is needed, but no one in the White House can see it

    09/01/2006 10:41:50 AM PDT · by meandog · 91 replies · 1,440+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 8.30.06 | Joseph Galloway
    By JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY The president's news conference this week was as close to a declaration of policy bankruptcy as anything seen so far in his stewardship of the 3 1/2-year war in Iraq. With his poll numbers still down around his ankles and even some key Republicans questioning the wisdom of staying the course in Iraq, President Bush flatly declared there will be no withdrawal of American troops before noon Jan. 20, 2009. I believe it was Will Rogers who said when you find yourself in a hole the first thing to do is quit digging. The president knows...
  • IDF brass angered by phone logs check

    08/19/2006 9:05:33 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies · 559+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 8/18/06 | Amos Harel
    Senior Israel Defense Forces officers expressed dissatisfaction yesterday with the announcement by Chief of Staff Dan Halutz that he had recently instructed the Field Security Directorate at the General Staff to keep track of their telephone conversations. According to a report in Haaretz yesterday, Halutz instructed the Field Security Directorate to provide him with the telephone logs of the generals, their department heads and their secretaries, in order to crosscheck whether they have had contacts with journalists. [ . . . ] According to the disgruntled officers , the chief of staff's action "stinks of McCarthyism" . . .
  • Marine generals: Haditha probe helps reinforce corps' integrity

    08/04/2006 12:16:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 960+ views
    North County Times ^ | 8/4/06 | Estes Thompson - ap
    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- As the leadership of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force changed hands, the departing and incoming commanders said they believe an investigation into accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot civilians in Haditha, Iraq, will ultimately strengthen the corps. Lt. Gen. Keith Stalder took command of the Camp Lejeune-based group on Wednesday from Lt. Gen. James Amos, who is headed to the Pentagon to become deputy commandant in charge of combat development. "We don't know the facts on Haditha, let alone what the facts mean at this point," said Stalder. "We do owe it to the American people...