Where Have All Our Best Military People Gone?

By Major General Paul Vallely, Ret. 

Warrior leaders of General Patton’s or General LeMay’s stature are no longer wanted. The fundamental job of the military, “kill bad people and break their things,” has become seriously hampered critically now by “rules of engagement” who’s guiding logic is political, not successful, combat. If the US military is ever defeated, it will be because it is running the best Day Care centers in the world. We used to go to the Officers Club or NCO Club Stag Bar on Friday evenings to have a drink, smoke, and swap lies with our comrades.

The latest brilliant thought out of Washington is that the operators (“pilots?”) flying remote pilotless aircraft in combat areas from their plush desk at duty stations in Nevada or Arizona should draw the same combat pay as those real world pilots actually on board a plane in a hostile environment while being shot at. More politically correct logic? They say that remote vehicle operators are subject to the same stress levels as the combat pilot actually flying in combat. REALLY…you’re bull-shitting me!!!?

Where are the people like the dynamic leaders of the past, such as Robin Olds, Doolittle, Patton, Ike, Boyington, Nimitz, etc.? They are identified and forced out, that’s where they are.

This administration doesn’t want those kinds of leaders anymore. Division commanders don’t run Divisions and Corps commanders don’t run Corps. They are managed by selected high ranking admins with other esoteric goals in mind. Can you imagine someone today looking for a LEADER to execute that Doolittle Raid and suggesting that it be given to a daredevil boozer — his only attributes: he had the respect of his men, an awesome ability to fly, and the organizational skills to put it all together . If someone told me there was a chance in hell of selecting that man today to run that mission today, I would tell them they were either a liar or dumber than hell.

We have lost the war on rugged individualism and that, unfortunately, is what fighting forces want to follow; not because they have to but because they respect leaders of that ilk. We’ve all run across that leader that made us proud to follow him because you wanted to be like him and make a difference.

We better wake the hell up! We’re asking our young men and women to go to really crappy places; some with unbearable climates, never have a drink, and adhere to ridiculous regs that require you to tuck your shirt into your PT uniform on the way to the porta-potty at night, in a blinding dust storm, because it’s a uniform.

These current people we’re sending to combat are some of the brightest I’ve met but they are looking for a little sanity, which they will only find on the outside if we don’t get a friggin’ clue. You can’t continue asking people to live for months or years at a time acting like nuns and priests. Hell, even they get to have a beer.

Who are we afraid of offending? The people that already hate us enough to strap C-4 to their own bodies and walk into a crowd of us? Think about it. I’m extremely proud of our young men and women who continue to serve. I’m also very in tune with what they are considering for the future and I’ve got news for whoever sits in the White House, Congress, and our so-called top military leaders. Much talent has and will continue to hemorrhage from our services, because wanna-be warriors are tired of fighting on two fronts – – one with our enemies, another against the lack of sensible direction from this administration. Take it or leave it, that’s just the way it is, no ifs and’s or but’s.

Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented. Things have gotten so bad that a number of us retired generals are now publicly speaking out about the ‘purge’ of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place.

Dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years. So why is this happening? What is going on right now is absolutely crazy especially during a time of peace. There is a deliberate attempt to reshape the military and remove those who don’t adhere to the proper ‘viewpoints’. Officers that question or won’t cooperate are identified, and gotten out of the way.

Throughout World History, whatever comes next after a military purge is never good. If this continues, what is the U.S. MILITARY going to look like in a few years? Perhaps you are reading this and you think that ‘purge’ is too strong a word for what is taking place. Well, just consider the following quotes from some very highly decorated retired officers

Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady: “There is no doubt Obama is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.”

Retired Army Lt. General William G. Jerry Boykin: “Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not relieved for cause.”

A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said “even young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job just keep your mouth shut”. Now this trend appears to be accelerating.

The White House is intentionally weakening and gutting our military, and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged. Coincidence? Every dictatorial regime on the planet has done this as soon as they gained power.

And keep in mind that Obama is now on his fourth Secretary of Defense.

You can see this in the civilian workforce as well. Anyone that has the nerve to expose something happening that they know is wrong gets removed from that specific project and given only the most menial tasks with absolutely no authority to make anything happen, or to stop anything from happening. They will never get ahead.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

Paul E. Vallely is a retired US Army Major General and senior military analyst for Fox News. He served in the Vietnam War and retired in 1993 as Deputy Commanding General, Pacific Command. In 2004, together with retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, Vallely co-authored the book Endgame: The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror. Vallely currently serves as the Military Committee Chairman for the Center for Security Policy and has lent his support to the organization Veteran Defenders of America.

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