Recently, reports have come out that the Obama administration has made an unprecedented move in firing a second military commander of the US Nuclear Weapons System. Major General Michael Carey has some of the highest clearances one can get in the military, being in charge of the most sensitive nuclear arsenals in our nation.
Reuters reported on Friday:
The two-star U.S. general in charge of the Air Force's arsenal of intercontinental missiles will be fired due to "a loss of trust and confidence," a Pentagon official told Reuters on Friday.
Lieutenant General James Kowalski, commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command is said to have made the decision to fire Carey, according to an anonymous official.
"20th AF continues to execute its mission of around-the-clock nuclear deterrence in a safe, secure and effective manner," Kowalski said in a statement. "It's unfortunate that I've had to relieve an officer who's had an otherwise distinctive career spanning 35 years of commendable service."
According to the Air Force, Carey's firing was for alleged personal behavior and "conduct," though it remains unclear exactly what that means. Officials said it did not have anything to do with gambling, the loss of a nuclear weapon, or sexual misconduct, which leaves one scratching their head as to what kind of conduct would have warranted his termination.
Carey commanded the 20th Air Force, which is responsible for a total of 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles at three bases across the United States.
AFGSC Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein has been named the interim 20th AF commander.
Earlier, on Wednesday, October 9, Barack Obama relieved the number 2 officer at US Strategic Command, Vice Admiral Tim Giardina.
Giardina has been the focus of a criminal investigation of suspected use of counterfeit gambling chips in a poker game at a casino in western Iowa.
Luis Martinez reports:
StratCom commander Gen. Robert Kehler suspended Giardina from his duties as deputy commander on Sept. 3 and recommended to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that he be relieved from his post. Kehler's moves were guided by preliminary information he had received from investigations of Giardina's alleged activities.
A defense official said Wednesday that "based upon a recommendation from the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the president determined Oct. 3 that Vice Adm. Timothy M. Giardina, former Deputy Commander, U.S. Strategic Command (O-9), should be relieved."
President Obama became involved in the case because only the president can relieve a three- and four-star officer from his post.
Giardina has been reassigned to an undetermined position within the Navy.
The vice admiral remains under investigation by the Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) which launched its own probe of Giardina after being contacted by Iowa authorities in mid-July.
Lt. Gen. James Kowalski[/caption]Giardina was scheduled to leave StratCom later this year and his successor, Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, had already been nominated by the White House.
Kowalski has been involved in both of these firings. Kowalski has received two promotions under Barack Obama: Major General and Lieutenant General.
Barack Obama has been purging high ranking military during his presidency. In the three months following the jihadist attacks in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, five senior US military officers have come under the administration's wrath:
- Gen. Carter Ham, on October 18.
- Adm. Charles Gaouette, on October 27.
- Gen. David Petraeus, on November 9.
- Gen. John Allen, on November 13.
- Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis on December 6.
Dr. Eowyn comments:
Ostensibly, Petraeus' "retirement" and Allen's suspended promotion were due to both men's moral conduct. But surely we are not so naive as to think that Petraeus and Allen are the only U.S. military officers who've ever committed adultery or written flirtatious email. As for Ham's "retirement" and Gaouette's "temporary re-assignment" (reassignment to what?), there is not even a whisper that either man's morals or personal conduct is at issue.
The dismissal of Gen. James Mattis is equally, if not more, suspicious. Having served in the U.S. military for 40 years and widely revered by rank-and-file Marines for his blunt talk and leadership, Mattis was the head of the most important command of the entire U.S. military — that of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM). But the good general was told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.
Writing for Foreign Policy on Jan. 18, 2013, self-described "fan of President Obama" Thomas E. Ricks claims that the "word on the national security street is that General James Mattis was being given the bum's rush out of his job as commander of Central Command" because he rubbed civilian officials the wrong way" on the Obama regime's policy toward Iran.
Ex-CIA agent, Dr. Jim Garrow, claims (on Alex Jones' radio, Glenn Beck, and several conservative internet mediums) that Obama is purging the U.S. military's top brass via a "litmus test" of sorts. High-ranking military officials are asked "Would you fire on an American citizen?." Garrow claims that those who answered no would be fired. (See "Ex-CIA agent says Obama had Andrew Breitbart and Tom Clancy assassinated," Oct. 10, 2013.)
So, just what exactly is taking place here?
Sonya Sandage offers this bit of information:
Some say the firings of these two, along with two Marine Corp Generals, an Army Brigadier General, an Army 2-star General, and a Navy 1-star General are part of an effort to clean up operational failures, such as the 2007 incident of the Minot missing nukes.
According to a wide range of reports, several nuclear bombs were "lost" for 36 hours after taking off August 29/30, 2007 on a "cross-country journey" across the U.S., from U.S.A.F Base Minot in North Dakota to U.S.A.F. Base Barksdale in Louisiana. Reportedly, in total there were six W80-1 nuclear warheads armed on AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles that were "lost." The story was first reported by the Military Times, after military servicemen leaked the story
The rare firings of military nuclear chiefs follows another recent incident of nukes making headlines.
The incident she refers to was Senator Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) comments at Goose Creek stating that if America failed to go to war with Syria, the South Carolina coast might get nuked.
With all of this being extremely rare, one does have to wonder what the ulterior motives of the Obama administration are in all of this.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.