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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Purging America’s military -- By J.D. Gordon, The Washington Times

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times (Illustration by Linas Garsys, The Washington Times)

What in the world is happening to senior military officers under the Obama administration?

It seems that every week since President Obama took office in 2009, we've been hearing that another top leader has been summarily fired, despite his decades of loyal service and valuable experience in protecting the nation. Statistically speaking, it's actually closer to one every 8.8 days, a staggering 200 military brass shown the door in less than five years.

The Pentagon has offered up a grab bag of reasons for these dismissals — from a simple "loss of confidence," to more descriptive "insensitive remarks," "sexual misconduct," and even "counterfeit poker chips."

The latest two to fall from grace, Navy Vice Adm. Ted "Twig" Branch, director of naval intelligence, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, director of intelligence operations, were stripped of their security clearances last week, effectively ending their careers. They allegedly engaged in "inappropriate conduct" over a Navy contracting scandal related to scheduling port visits in Southeast Asia during the past decade. According to Navy officials, the probe into Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia is expected to widen — meaning, we'll likely see other senior officers terminated in the weeks ahead.

Though firing senior military leaders was routine in different eras, including World War II and the Civil War, it was mostly related to lack of success on the battlefield. The battlefield has changed considerably since then, though, and those same metrics are harder to measure today.

What's going on now? Is this really the most incompetent and corrupt military we've ever seen? Or is it just easier these days to get hammered for real or perceived bad behavior and poor performance?

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