Columnist: Our generals are gone

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Fred Johnson

Fred Johnson

By Fred Johnson

Four battle-seasoned generals have been forced from the service by Barack Obama.

The first to go was Gen. David McKiernan, the four-star who lead U.S. ground forces during the successful lightning Iraq invasion. He was asked to resign command of allied forces in Afghanistan just four months into Obama’s presidency in 2009.

The second to go was Gen. Stanley McChrystal who replaced McKiernan in Afghanistan. He was fired shortly after the Rolling Stone magazine quoted him as saying he was “disappointed” after his first meeting with Mr. Obama, and that the new US chief executive seemed intimidated by top military brass.

The third was Gen. David Petraeus, the architect of the surge and successful counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq. He was demoted from Central Command to return to lead the Afghan war. Then Obama named him director of the Central Intelligence Agency, which required his military resignation. The Obama administration was willing to let Petraeus take a large part of the fall for their unexplained absences during the 9/11 terror attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi.

Then in November, Petraeus resigned from the CIA over leaked emails between him and a Tampa, Florida socialite. The socialite, Jill Kelly and her husband claimed in a lawsuit that the government willfully leaked false and defamatory information about them in the scandal that led to the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus as CIA director. Jill Kelley and Scott Kelley filed the lawsuit in federal court against the FBI, Pentagon and unidentified officials in the government, claiming the couple’s privacy was violated.

The Petraeus scandal widened when the Pentagon announced it was also looking into emails between Jill Kelley and General John Allen, searching for possible evidence of an inappropriate relationship between the two married people. Officials later conceded that only a handful of the emails between Kelley and Allen had been of a flirtatious or questionable nature. General John Allen resigned last week. He had been promoted to lead all U.S. and NATO forces in Europe. Interesting that the last two generals were fired over leaked emails that NSA swears they do not read.

Now we find that al-Qaeda is stronger than ever while our own military is severely weakened by the loss of four battle hardened generals and by the appointment of a Washington, DC politician as Secretary of Defense.

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