President Obama has fired yet another high-level military commander, and the multiple terminations are causing many Americans to wonder about the reasons behind the “military purge.”
President Obama has fired a total of nine military generals and flag officers just this year. Most recently, the commander of the US Army Garrison in Japan was relieved of his armed forces duties and his deputy, a civilian, was reassigned pending a “misconduct” investigation.
The commander, Army Colonel Eric Tilley, was allegedly suspended from his command in Japan due to a “lack of confidence,” according to Major General James C. Boozer.
Some military and media sources put the Obama administration military terminations as high as 500 during the president’s five years in the Oval Office. When asked to elaborate on what activities initiated the lack of confidence in Tilley, an Army spokesman stated that it would not be appropriate to comment publicly on the matter because investigation findings did not reveal any type of criminal misconduct. Tilley has been replaced by Colonel Joy Curriera.
At least four high-level military generals, now retired, went on the record with World Net Daily about President Obama’s firings of the military elite. The men who deemed the Commander in Chief’s terminations an attack on America’s armed forces included Army Major General Paul E. Vallely, a Fox News senior military analyst; Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, a founder of the Army’s Delta Force; and Medal of Honor recipient Major General Patrick Henry Brady.
Boykin, who was also the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence under President George W. Bush, is worried that top generals are being relieved without cause and feels that the military purge is worse than Americans realize. He wonders if they are being dismissed simple because they disagree with policy.
“I believe there is a purging of the military,” Boykins said. “The problem is worse than we have ever seen.”
Navy Captain Joseph John feels that the latest military firing by President Obama is just a small part of a bigger picture. Captain John is a graduate of the Naval Academy, served three tours of duty in Vietnam, was a Navy SEALS commander, and served as an expert on al-Qaeda for the FBI. During his career in the Navy, John was also awarded five Meritorious Service Medals, the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and more than 20 unit citations and a medal for combat operations.
John wondered if the administration’s opposition to the now overturned Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy on homosexuality has impacted Obama’s actions. He also mentioned the administration’s support for women in combat. John told WND:
I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views. The truly sad story is that many of the brightest graduates of the three major service academies witnessing what the social experiment on diversity … is doing to the U.S. military, are leaving the service after five years. We are being left with an officer corps that can be made to be more compliant, that is, exactly what Obama needs to effect his long range goals for the U.S. military.
John points also to the changes in the military rules of engagement since Obama took office as a possible reason. The retired Navy hero believes that the changes to the rules of engagement spurred extremely high casualty rates in Afghanistan. He points to the deaths of 17 members of SEAL Team 6 as a prime example. As previously reported by Off The Grid News, the Chinook helicopter (call sign Extortion 17) did not have a gunship escort or any type of cover while it was attempting a nighttime landing during a Taliban incursion.
Insurgents that were on the rooftop of a building used a rocket-propelled grenade to shoot the helicopter to the ground. The deadly helicopter incident happened just several months after SEAL Team 6 raided Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound in 2011. According to Captain John, the military rules of engagement ushered in during the Obama administration preclude the use of suppression fire at a landing zone.
Cuts to the military budget also have the retired and highly-decorated officer and other military experts concerned about the vulnerability of America to a Pearl Harbor style attack. Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady, a Medal of Honor recipient, appears to agree with John’s assessment of the decline of military readiness under President Obama and the reasons behind the military purge. Brady said”
There is no doubt he [the president] is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him. … This president will never fight if there is any reason to avoid it and with a helpless military he can just point to our weakness and shrug his shoulders.
What do you think about the military purge and the unprecedented number of four-star generals fired under President Obama?