by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
Actually, I’ve said it several times. Here was the most recent: Seven Days in September – Will They Finally Do It?
In an email that I recently sent to friends and colleagues, I asked: Did I predict this?
I was watching Fox News and they were commenting on how unusual it is for
military generals to openly question administration policy.
Yet, some generals have been increasingly doing just that, openly expressing concerns.
This may amount to little or nothing, but in my view, there must be serious worries among high officials about the danger into which Obama is putting the nation.
The “rebellion of the generals,” as one commentator put it, may snowball or not, we shall see. [End of quote]
There may not yet be open rebellion, but the storm clouds are surely gathering. The Conservative Tribune website lists eight generals who have recently and publicly spoken out, in varying degrees, objecting to Barack Obama’s policies.
Major General Bentley Rayburn (US Air Force)
Brigadier General Charles Jones (US Air Force)
General Jack Keane (US Army)
Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin (US Army)
General Patrick Henry Brady (US Army)
Major General Paul E. Vallely (US Army)
Active duty officers:
General and US Southern Command Commander John Kelly (US Marine Corps)
General James Amos (US Marine Corps)
Military officers, especially those still on active duty, take serious risks to their careers whenever they speak out in public in any way that is not in agreement with the president who is, after all, their Commander in Chief. Even retired officers can be recalled to active duty and court-martialed – a little-known fact. For these men, the risks are high, and the penalties can be severe.
It is, therefore, more than a minor news item when such officers reveal their dismay at presidential decisions.
Under normal conditions I would agree that officers should either keep quiet or resign, but these are not normal conditions. A military man’s first loyalty is not to the president, but to the Constitution, and that loyalty may require an officer to speak up.
As it turns out, these generals may have done Barack Obama a favor, and the nation as well. Today, Obama gave a masterful speech (doesn’t he always?) at the United Nations, condemning terrorism in no uncertain terms, and calling for the active eradication of it at all levels, including military, financial and cultural.
While Obama is no General Patton, and while he did allow some leftist sentiment in among his words, the influence of the generals was, in my fallible opinion, clear and distinct. At least, he is no longer calling for understanding what America did wrong to incite the nice terrorists to behave so rudely (oh my, am I being sarcastic?).
Nor is Obama a General Douglas MacArthur, who told us, quite accurately, that when it comes to war, “There is no substitute for victory.”
MacArthur was objecting to the policy of containing communism instead of defeating it. He also made other pronouncements objecting to the policies of President Harry Truman.
Truman fired him.