"Vote! Voting is the best revenge." - Barack H. Obama, Nov. 2, 2012
President Hope&Change's determination to decimate the military and turn it into an emasculate glorified peace corps contingent continues. Look, I don't care if women are allowed to go to the front lines. If they have the skills and the, um, cajones, then all more power to them.
But there's more that went on: The relieving of duty of General James Mattis, who had replaced Gen. David Patraeus as head of CENTCOM since August 2010.
From Michael Walsh at Wednesday's NY Post:
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.
Mattis is famous for his blunt style and blistering aphorisms — “be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet” was his clear-headed advice to the Marines he led during the treacherous Iraq War. He’ll retire from both CentCom and the Corps in March, several months short of his expected tour of duty.
Walsh goes on to conclude that Obama's letting Mattis go was political and ideological. AWR Hawkins at Breitbart explains the firing was because Mattis dared questioned the omniscient Obama's Middle East Policy:
In particular, it appears his questions surrounding the U.S. response to Iran's nuclear ambitions drew the ire of civilian military and security advisers.
These civilians were apparently upset by the way Mattis pushed them to "consider second and third-order consequences of military action against Iran." Nor did they appreciate the way he pushed them to think long term and consider what the U.S. will do if Iran develops non-nuclear weapons that can be used to keep U.S. ships out of the Persian Gulf.
Mattis also expressed concern over the consequences of certain aspects of the U.S. approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan. It seems this line of reasoning didn't sit well with National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.
James Lewis, in a provocative piece in yesterday's AT, agrees, writes:
Real human progress comes hard, very hard.
There are heroes in the world. Most of humanity doesn't come close. Compared to Dr. King and Abe Lincoln, Obama is a hollow man, clinging to a faith outworn.
General James Mattis is being fired for insisting on complete contingency planning, according to Pentagon reporter Tom Ricks. Truth-telling isn't welcome in this administration, and that means big trouble ahead. General Mattis and the military understand that. The general insisted on full planning for all predictable outcomes.
Obama is a gambler, and he doesn't want to think about what might happen if his wild gambles don't pay off. He is amazingly overconfident. General Mattis is a thinker. He is a responsible combat leader.
The differences are huge. [...]
General Mattis rose to fame by the success of his combat strategy in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was Mattis who taught his Marines to tell the population that "we are your best friend and your worst enemy." In Iraqistan a lot of people got that.
In Afghanistan, after the Brits withdrew from Helmand Province with serious losses, the U.S. Marines took over the battleground. They practiced the Mattis Doctrine, walked combat patrols and risked personal death and injury to let the people decide. Today Helmand Province is pacified -- at least until Obama skedaddles outta there.
The Taliban are now holed up in the mountains. They are very patient fanatics.
So we have Obama firing a very effective, albeit "controversial", general. We have Hillary wriggling like a worm on a hook during these ridiculous Benghazi hearings. And we have the Democrats' favorite military-bashing traitor John Kerry at the top of the short list for Secretary of State.
What could possibly go wrong?