Dunford (on the left) was a lot younger in 2003, he was a colonel in Iraq. Think of all the knowledge and contacts he’s accumulated since! He, and all of our generals, have acquired a lifetime of valuable, intangible, assets to our national security.
Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn reportedly told a group of conservative voters that he is quietly working to convince Obama’s top generals to resign.
This conservative, red headed little girl, believes there is a huge difference between stating one general should resign because he knows Obama’s policy toward the Islamic State will fail, and instigating the resignation of many general officers.
One resignation does not cripple our national security, multiple resignations puts the country at risk.
I’m not saying our generals would leave us, on the contrary, since 2001 I’ve seen many stay, in spite of knowing their civilian bosses were making poor decisions. I’m thinking of Rumsfeld and his mismanagement of, well, everything, and of course Fallujah, two battles that would have been much less bloody, or perhaps avoided, if the higher ups had listened to the Marines, specifically that other fellow in the photo with Dunford.
The politician prompting resignations has not served in the military. He’s never ordered troops into battle, never written letters to the families of those who fell under his command. Probably never even attended a ramp ceremony. Yet he’s eager to damage the nation so he can stab at Obama. I’m not liking this at all!
Our politicians have already broadcast to the world that we are weak by allowing the government shutdown last year. Let’s not compound that with another show of weakness. We do not need our generals bailing on us.
We need them to stay, because no matter what happens, our military is our first line of defense. If Obama were gone tomorrow, we would still have our military, our seasoned generals should be in place, controlling as much as they can.
Generals bring much more to the table than people realize. Through joint military exercises with countries across the world, all of our troops, not just the officers, have made lasting, personal, cross-national friendships. Thus, intrinsic to our military, is a capability to communicate with other military personnel around the world outside the political realm. For example, during the Arab Spring, our CENTCOM commander picked up the phone and called the head of the Egyptian military when the political leaders were not taking calls from Obama. We don’t want to give this capability up. It’s a tiny bit of control that is lost when we lose our seasoned officers.
The importance of our generals does not solely reside in their ability to have their recommendations followed at all times, as you can see, it’s far more complicated.
Personally I believe Doug Lamborn has betrayed our country, my heart says the “T” word. His ilk makes me uneasy, trying to make backroom deals with our generals to emasculate our defenses. Remember, the more Obama fails, the more the country fails. That is immutable. Leaving our generals in place, mitigates some of Obama’s failures.