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184 U.S. generals and admirals endorse Trump for Commander-In-Chief

Have you seen that pro-Hillary TV ad of disgraced Gen. John Allen?

Nauseating.

You should know that in 2011, Allen, then a 4-star general in the U.S. Marine Corps, was nominated to be NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, pending confirmation by the Senate. On November 13, 2012, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta suspended Allen’s confirmation hearing, pending investigations into the general’s “inappropriate communication” with a woman named Jill Kelley.

Gen. John Allen (l); Jill Kelley (r)

Gen. John Allen (l); Jill Kelley (r)

As part of the fallout of the Gen. David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell affair, the FBI  uncovered 20,000 to 30,000 pages of correspondence — mostly email — between Allen and Kelley from 2010 to 2012. Reportedly, their correspondence was “flirtatious” and “inappropriate” as Allen and Kelley were both married at the time, but not to each other.

Seriously, how can a 4-star general even have so much free time as to write 20,000 to 30,000 emails in the space of two years to ANYONE? 20,000 emails mean an average of 28 emails a day exchanged between Allen and Kelley; 30,000 emails mean an average of 42 emails a day. There is no one with whom I’ve exchanged 28 emails a day, even less 42 emails.

The upshot: Not only did John Allen lose his confirmation as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, he also lost his job as Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan — a post to which he was promoted to replace the disgraced Gen. Petraeus. (See “Obama purges U.S. military command (Part 1)”)

Allen retired from the military in February 2013, but was appointed Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (or ISIS) — a post and title created for Allen by Obama, which Allen held for about a year from September 2014 until October 23, 2015.

Allen was a featured speaker at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He criticized Donald Trump and endorsed Hillary Clinton — who abandoned four Americans to die in Benghazi — for President.

Like the New Yorker that he is, Trump fired back, calling Allen “a failed general.”

Trump does have the endorsement of 184 non-failed and non-disgraced U.S. generals and admirals, including at least four 4-star and fourteen 3-star flag officers, as well as the endorsement of 14 Medal of Honor recipients.

The endorsements began with an open letter on Sept. 6, 2016, from 88 retired U.S. general and admirals:

“The 2016 election affords the American people an urgently needed opportunity to make a long-overdue course correction in our national security posture and policy. As retired senior leaders of America’s military, we believe that such a change can only be made by someone who has not been deeply involved with, and substantially responsible for, the hollowing out of our military and the burgeoning threats facing our country around the world. For this reason, we support Donald Trump’s candidacy to be our next Commander-in-Chief.
For the past eight years, America’s armed forces have been subjected to a series of ill-considered and debilitating budget cuts, policy choices and combat operations that have left the superb men and women in uniform less capable of performing their vital missions in the future than we require them to be.
Simultaneously, enemies of this country have been emboldened, sensing weakness and irresolution in Washington and opportunities for aggression at our expense and that of other freedom-loving nations.
In our professional judgment, the combined effect is potentially extremely perilous. That is especially the case if our government persists in the practices that have brought us to this present pass.
For this reason, we support Donald Trump and his commitment to rebuild our military, to secure our borders, to defeat our Islamic supremacist adversaries and restore law and order domestically. We urge our fellow Americans to do the same.”

Two days later on Sept. 8, another 21 retired U.S. generals and admirals joined the list, followed by 31 more the next day, on Sept. 9, and another 44 on Sept. 16, bringing the total number of flag officers who have endorsed Trump to 184.

Below is the list, as of Sept. 16, 2016, of the retired U.S. generals and admirals, who are endorsing Trump for President and Commander-In-Chief:

  1. General Burwell B. Bell III, US Army, Retired
  2. General Alfred G. Hansen, US Air Force, Retired
  3. Admiral Jerry Johnson, US Navy, Retired
  4. Lieutenant General William G. Boykin, US Army, Retired
  5. Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, US Army, Retired
  6. Lieutenant General Brett Dula, US Air Force, Retired
  7. Lieutenant General Dan Duren, US Air Force, Retired
  8. Lieutenant General Harold T. Fields, US Army, Retired
  9. Lieutenant General Bruce L. Fister, US Air Force, Retired
  10. Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, US Army, Retired
  11. Lieutenant General Gordon E, Fornell, US Air Force, Retired
  12. Lieutenant Jay Garner, US Army, Retired
  13. Lieutenant General Ron Hite, US Army, Retired
  14. Lieutenant Generals John I. Hudson, USMC, Retired
  15. Lieutenant General Harley Hughes, US Air Force, Retired
  16. Lieutenant General Keith Kellogg, US Army, Retired
  17. Lieutenant General Timothy A. Kinnan, US Air Force, Retired
  18. Lieutenant General Joe Kinzer, US Army, US Army, Retired
  19. Lieutenant General Bennett L. Lewis, US Army, Retired
  20. Lieutenant General Frederick McCorkle, US MC, Retired
  21. Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, US Air Force, Retired
  22. Lieutenant General Clifford H. Rees, Jr. US Air Force, Retired
  23. Lieutenant James C. Riley, US Army, Retired
  24. Lieutenant General Hugh G. Smith, US Army, Retired
  25. Lieutenant General John B. Sylvester, US Army, Retired
  26. Lieutenant General David J. Teal, US Air Force, Retired
  27. Lieutenant General William E. Thurman, US Air Force, Retired
  28. Lieutenant General Jack Woodward, US Air Force, Retired
  29. Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, US Navy, Retired
  30. Vice Admiral Edward Clexton, Jr. US Navy, Retired
  31. Vice Admiral Bernard M. Kauderer, US Navy, Retired
  32. Vice Admiral J. Theodore Parker, US Navy, Retired
  33. Vice Admiral R.F.Schoultz, US Navy, Retired
  34. Vice Admiral Robert Spane, US Navy, Retired
  35. Vice Admiral Donald Thompson, US Coast Guard, Retired
  36. Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, US Coast Guard, Retired
  37. Vice Admiral John Totushek, US Navy, Retired
  38. Vice Admiral Jerry Unruh, US Navy, Retired
  39. Major General Joe Arbuckle, US Army, Retired
  40. Major General John Bianchi, CSMR, Retired
  41. Major General Pat Brady, US Army, Retired
  42. Major General Bobby G. Butcher, US Marine Corps, Retired,
  43. Major General Henry D. Canterbury, US Air Force, Retired
  44. Major General Carroll D. Childers, US Army, Retired
  45. Major General Jeffrey Cliver, US Air Force, Retired
  46. Major General Tommy F. Crawford, US Air Force, Retired
  47. Major General Harley Davis, US Army, Retired
  48. Major General Felix Dupre, US Air Force, Retired
  49. Major General Neil Eddins, US Air Force, Retired
  50. Major General David W. Eidsaune, US Air Force, Retired
  51. Major General John R. Farrington, US Air Force, Retired
  52. Major General Dave Garza, US Marine Corps, Retired
  53. Major General William A. Gorton, US Air Force, Retired
  54. Major General Kenneth Hagemann, US Air Force, Retired
  55. Major General Gary L. Harrell, US Army, Retired
  56. Major General Geoffrey Higginbothan, US Marine Corps, Retired
  57. Major General Kent Hillhouse,US Army, Retired
  58. Major General Jerry D. Holmes, US Air Force, Retired
  59. Major General John A. Leide, US Army, Retired
  60. Major General James E. Livingston, USMC, Retired
  61. Major General John D. Logeman, Jr., US Air Force, Retired
  62. Major General Homer S. Long, US Army, Retired
  63. Major General Billy McCoy, US Air Force, Retired
  64. Major General Robert Messerli, US Air Force, Retired
  65. Major General John Miller, US Air Force, Retired
  66. Major General Ray O’Mara, US Air Force, Retired
  67. Major General George W.“Nordie” Norwood, US Air Force, Retired
  68. Major General Robert W. Paret, US Air Force MC, Retired
  69. Major General James W. Parker, US Army, Retired
  70. Major General Richard Perraut, US Air Force, Retired
  71. Major General R.V. Secord, US Air Force, Retired
  72. Major General Sidney Shachnow, US Army, Retired
  73. Major General Edison E. Scholes, US Army (Retired)
  74. Major General Richard A. Scholtes,US Army, Retired
  75. Major General Mark Solo, US Air Force, Retired
  76. Major General James N. Stewart, US Air Force, Retired
  77. Major General Michael Sullivan, US MC, Retired
  78. Major General Thomas R. Tempel, US Army, Retired
  79. Major General Richard L. Testa, US Air Force, Retired
  80. Major General Paul E. Vallely, US Army, Retired
  81. Major General John Welde, US Air Force, Retired
  82. Major General Kenneth W. Weir, US Marine Corps, Retired
  83. Major General Michael Wiedemer, US Air Force, Retired
  84. Rear Admiral Phillip Anselmo, US Navy, Retired
  85. Rear Admiral Peter Booth, US Navy,Retired
  86. Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, US Navy, Retired
  87. Rear Admiral James J. Carey,US Navy, Retired
  88. Rear Admiral, Larry Chambers, US Navy, Retired
  89. Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, SC, US Navy, Retired
  90. Rear Admiral Mimi Drew, US Navy, Retired
  91. Rear Admiral Ernest Elliot, SC, US Navy, Retired
  92. Rear Admiral James H. Flatley III, US Navy, Retired
  93. Rear Admiral Vance H. Fry, SC, US Navy, Retired
  94. Rear Admiral Byron Fuller, US Navy, Retired
  95. Rear Admiral George M. Furlong, US Navy, Retired
  96. Rear Admiral Albert Gallotta, Jr. US Navy, Retired
  97. Rear Admiral Michael R. Groothousen US Navy, Retired
  98. Rear Admiral William A. Guereck, US Navy, Retired
  99. Rear Admiral Dale Hagen, US Navy, Retired
  100. Rear Admiral John G. Hekman, US Navy, Retired
  101. Rear Admiral Charles F. Horne III US Navy, Retired
  102. Rear Admiral William P Houley, US Navy, Retired
  103. Rear Admiral Grady L. Jackson, US Navy, Retired
  104. Rear Admiral J. Adrian Jackson, US Navy, Retired
  105. Rear Admiral Frederick C. Johnson, US Navy, Retired
  106. Rear Admiral Pierce J. Johnson, US Navy, Retired
  107. Rear Admiral Jack Kavanaugh, SC, US Navy, Retired
  108. Rear Admiral Charles R.Kubic, US Navy, Retired
  109. Rear Admiral Rich Landolt, US Navy, Retired
  110. Rear Admiral Don Loren, US Navy, Retired
  111. Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel, MD, US Navy, Retired
  112. Rear Admiral E.S. McGinley II, US Navy, Retired
  113. Rear Admiral Fred Metz, US Navy, Retired
  114. Rear Admiral Douglas M. Moore Jr. SC US Navy. Retired
  115. Rear Admiral John A. Moriarty, US Navy, Retired
  116. Rear Admiral David R. Morris, US Navy, Retired
  117. Rear Admiral James A. Mozart, SC US Navy, Retired
  118. Rear Admiral Ed Nelson, US Coast Guard, Retired
  119. Rear Admiral Philip R. Olsen, US Navy, Retired
  120. Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, US Navy, Retired
  121. Rear Admiral Robert Passmore,US Navy, Retired
  122. Rear Admiral W.W. Pickavance, Jr., US Navy, Retired
  123. Rear Admiral Leonard F. Picotte, US Navy, Retired
  124. Rear Admiral Brian C. Prindle, US Navy, Retired
  125. Rear Admiral Mike Roesner, SC USN, Retired
  126. Rear Admiral William J. Ryan, US Navy, Retired
  127. Rear Admiral William L. Schachte, Jr., US Navy JAGC, Retired
  128. Rear Admiral William R. Schmidt, US Navy, Retired
  129. Rear Admiral William H. Shawcross, US Navy, Retired
  130. Rear Admiral Hugh P. Scott, US Navy, MC, Retired
  131. Rear Admiral Gregory Slavonic, US Navy, Retired
  132. Rear Admiral Paul Sutherland, US Navy, Retired
  133. Rear Admiral Charles Williams, US Navy, Retired
  134. Rear Admiral H. Denny Wisely, US Navy, Retired
  135. Rear Admiral Theodore J. Wojnar, US Coast Guard, Retired
  136. Brigadier General Charles L. Bishop, US Army, Retired
  137. Brigadier General Remo Butler, US Army, Retired
  138. Brigadier General Jimmy L. Cash, US Air Force, Retired
  139. Brigadier General George P. Cole, Jr. US Air Force, Retired
  140. Brigadier General Philip M. Drew, US Air Force, Retired
  141. Brigadier General Jerome V. Foust, US Army, Retired
  142. Brigadier General Norman Ham, US Air Force, Retired
  143. Brigadier General Thomas W. Honeywill, US Air Force, Retired
  144. Brigadier General Charles Jones, US Air Force, Retired
  145. Brigadier General Gary M. Jones, US Army, Retired
  146. Brigadier General James M. Johnston III, US Air Force, Retired
  147. Brigadier General Thomas J. Lennon, US Air Force, Retired
  148. Brigadier General Bruce Miketinac, US Army, Retired
  149. Brigadier General Bert Mizusawa, US Army, Retired
  150. Brigadier General Harold C. Morgan, US Air Force, Retired
  151. Brigadier General Stephen Mundt, US Army, Retired
  152. Brigadier General Mike Neil, US Marines Corps, Retired
  153. Brigadier general Robert V. Paschon, US Air Force, Retired
  154. Brigadier General Mark D. Scraba, US Army, Retired
  155. Brigadier General George L. Schulstad, US Air Force, Retired
  156. Brigadier General Richard M. Tabor, US Army, retired
  157.  Brigadier General Hugh B. Tant III, US Army, Retired
  158. Brigadier General Troy Tolbert, US Air Force, Retired
  159. Brigadier General Robert F. Titus, US Air Force, Retired
  160. Brigadier General William O. Walsh, US Air Force, Retired
  161. Brigadier General Robert V. Woods, US Air Force Retired
  162. Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, Retired

See also “Unprecedented letter from Chair of Joint Chiefs suggests U.S. military does not want a President Hillary“.

~Eowyn

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Former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus wants U.S. to arm Al-Qaeda

This is pure insanity.

Petraeus had done “The enemy (B) of our enemy (A) is our friend” baloney before, in Iraq. Guess what happened? Enemy B whom we armed and befriended to fight Enemy A became ISIS!!! And now Petraeus wants us to do the same thing in Syria.

Message to Petraeus & Obama: “THE ENEMY OF OUR ENEMY IS STILL OUR ENEMY. Our arming them will only make them stronger when they turn against us. Only you who have neither belief nor principle could think that others have none. Al Qaeda and ISIS are our enemies for a reason: They are fanatic Muslims who believe in jihad — in conquering the world and subjugating all non-Muslims for Islam.”

Consortium of Defense Analysts

Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria, the same al Qaeda that was headed by Osama bin Laden and still identified as a terrorist organization, have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power — David Petraeus, retired U.S. Army general and former CIA Director and former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Petraeus has been quietly urging U.S. officials to consider using so-called moderate members of al Qaeda’s Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria, according to information from four sources familiar with the conversations, including one person who spoke to Petraeus directly.

Shane Harris and Nancy A. Youssef report for The Daily Beast, Aug. 31, 2015:

The heart of the idea stems from Petraeus’s experience in Iraq in 2007, when as part of a broader strategy to defeat an Islamist insurgency the U.S. persuaded Sunni militias to stop fighting with al Qaeda and to…

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Obama regime purges 5th senior military officer: Cmdr of CENTCOM James Mattis

Last December, in my post, “Obama purges U.S. Command, Part 1,” I wrote:

Within two months after the Benghazi attack, four senior U.S. military officers were purged:

  • Gen. Carter Ham, on October 18.
  • Adm. Charles Gaouette, on October 27.
  • Gen. David Petraeus, on November 9.
  • Gen. John Allen, on November 13.

Ostensibly, Petraeus’ “retirement” and Allen’s suspended promotion are 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.

So what should we make of all this? Is it all just coincidence or something more sinister?

Ann Barnhardt, in her blog of Nov. 13, 2012, didn’t hesitate to call the purges, Obama’s “night of the long knives” — a reference to the last step in Hitler’s quest for total, dictatorial power. On June 30, 1934, the Fuhrer purged the German military of any factions that were in any way autonomous and not 100% loyal to him.

Now add to the above list of four, Marine Corps General James Mattis (above), who has served in the U.S. military for 40 years and is widely revered by rank-and-file Marines for his blunt talk and leadership.

Three weeks after the purge of Gen. Allen came news that four-star Gen. Mattis was told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned, in March 2013, that is, this month. On Dec. 6, 2012, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that Mattis would be replaced by Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, the vice chief of staff for the Army, subject of course to Senate confirmation.

Gen. James Mattis, 62, is only the head of the most important command of the entire U.S. military — that of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM).

Before replacing David Petraeus on August 11, 2010, as Commander of CENTCOM, Mattis previously had commanded United States Joint Forces Command from November 9, 2007 to August 2010; served concurrently as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from November 9, 2007 to September 8, 2009; and commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force, United States Marine Forces Central Command, and 1st Marine Division during the Iraq War.

Logo_of_United_States_Central_Command

The United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) is a theater-level Unified Combatant Command of the U.S. Department of Defense, established in 1983. Its area of responsibility includes countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, most notably Afghanistan and Iraq. CENTCOM has been the main American presence in many military operations, including the Persian Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan (2001–present), and the Iraq War. Forces from CENTCOM currently are deployed primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan in combat roles and have bases in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Pakistan, and central Asia in support roles.

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 is 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.

Reportedly, “tough-minded realist “Mattis “pushed the civilians … hard on considering the second- and third-order consequences of military action against Iran” with questions such as: What do you do with Iran once the nuclear issue is resolved and it remains a foe? What do you do if Iran then develops conventional capabilities that could make it hazardous for U.S. Navy ships to operate in the Persian Gulf?

But Mattis’ questions and plea for prudence were “not welcomed” by the White House.

Obama-fan Thomas Ricks points out that, in dismissing Gen. Mattis, “The message the Obama Administration is sending, intentionally or not, is that it doesn’t like tough, smart, skeptical generals who speak candidly to their civilian superiors. In fact, that is exactly what it (and every administration) should want. Had we had more back in 2003, we might not have made the colossal mistake of invading Iraq. […] But I am at the point where I don’t trust his national security team. They strike me as politicized, defensive and narrow. These are people who will not recognize it when they screw up, and will treat as enemies anyone who tells them they are doing that. And that is how things like Vietnam get repeated.”

Ricks also warns that the Obama regime “now have dissed the two Marine generals who are culture heroes in today’s Corps: Mattis and Anthony Zinni. The Marines have long memories.”

Today’s Drudge Report is replete with ominous headlines about Iran:

WAR DRUMS: KERRY WARNS IRAN ON BRINK...
'Challenging moment with great risks'...

Obama 'not bluffing' over military threat...
Netanyahu: 'Red line'...
TOP GENERAL: Nuclear Iran will trigger arms race in Middle East...
Kissinger: Nuke crisis close...
Clock Runs...

Changing the leadership of CENTCOM just as the confrontation with Iran heats up is not just bad timing, but rash and imprudent.

See also “Obama purges US military command (Part 2),” Dec. 4, 2012.

~Eowyn