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by Joseph R. John, Chairman, CombatVeteransForCongress, ©2014

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey has taken no steps to protect soldiers from religious, sexual or combat assault since he assumed his post on October 1, 2011

(Aug. 5, 2014) — The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been sitting idly by without resigning in protest, while for over four years, Obama effectively fired over 200 of the brightest battle-tested flag and general officers and senior officers.

The Chairman didn’t resign in protest when Obama refused to issue “Cross-Border Authority,” thereby preventing the US Military from launching a rescue mission to attack the 125 to 150 Al Qaeda terrorists, in their rehearsed and coordinated commando attack on the US Mission in Benghazi, killing two US Navy SEALS who could have been easily saved.  Dempsey covered up the fact that armed Air Force F-16s in Aviona, Italy, 480 miles away, sitting on the tarmac on “Awareness Alert” were less than two hours of flight time away from Benghazi, and if they were launched and simply broke the sound barriers above the attackers, the attackers would have scattered and they would have saved the lives of the two Navy SEALs.

For over four years the Chairman has sat idly by without resigning as he watched civilian appointees of the Obama administration restrict the “Freedom of Religion” of members of the US Armed Forces by restricting the issuance of Bibles, preventing chaplains from exercising their ”Freedom of Speech” in the pulpit by reading letters from their Cardinals to their parishioners, forcing chaplains to allow same-sex marriages in their chapels in violation of their deepest-held religious beliefs, forcing commanding officers of various military bases to order the Color Guards of the US Armed Forces to march in gay pride parades in violation of US Military Regulations, which prevents military personnel in uniform from participating in any political activities at all.

Just before Admiral Mullen relinquished Command of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to General Dempsey, he instituted new and “very dangerous” Rules Of Engagement (ROE) that have been responsible for increasing Killed In Action (KIA) by 458%, and Wounded In Actions (WIA) by 358% in Afghanistan (the daily casualty statistics in Afghanistan that President Bush promulgated are no longer being promulgated by Obama).  Those very dangerous ROE under which heroic US military personnel must operate were responsible for permitting the downing by the Taliban of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan using an RPG.  That occurred because the request for suppression fire to prepare the landing zone was turned down because of ROE—34 Military personnel including 17 members of SEAL Team SIX were killed because of those new and dangerous ROE.  Even after the largest single casualty figures in one operation in the Afghan conflict, Dempsey did not change ROEs to save the lives of US military personnel.

The Chairman didn’t resign in protest, but instead presided over the reckless unilateral  “hollowing-out” of the US Armed Forces, bringing it down to very dangerous levels below those of the US Military prior to WWII, while the US Armed Forces are engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan and in combat in the worldwide war on terrorism.  Obama is hollowing out the US military while China, Russia, and Iran are building up their military strength.  Weakness emboldens aggression such as we have witnessed and are witnessing in Crimea, Ukraine, Libya, Iraq, Iran, China, Afghanistan, Syria, and Palestine.

The Social Experiment On Diversity forced upon the US Armed Forces by civilian appointees of the Obama administration at DOD without Dempsey’s resignation to object is responsible for a decrease in morale, the degrading of tip-of-the-spear units by degrading the strength requirements, the loss of some of the finest Service Academy graduates after their first five-year commitments are completed, and the sexual assaults on 14,000 young straight males in one year (read the Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military–May 2013),   These facts are closely-guarded secrets by the Chairman in order not to alarm US citizens.

The Chairman was complicit by not resigning when Obama freed the five most dangerous terrorists in the world who were imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in exchange for an Army deserter.  According to the members of the deserter’s platoon with whom he was serving in Afghanistan, he was accused of desertion in the face of the enemy, and the deserter put his fellow soldiers at risk when they were required to search for him.  Not one of the deserter’s platoon mates has been interviewed by the Army, but they have been interviewed by the press.  The deserter has not been court-martialed for desertion, and he will probably be set free by orders from Dempsey.

Now the Chairman has written the attached article for distribution, which is right in step with Obama’s double-talk.  It would have received an “F” if some of the professors I knew at the National Defense University in Washington, DC or the US Naval War College in Newport, RI were to grade it.  What would former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General George Marshall, General Omar Bradley, Admiral Arthur Radford, General Maxwell Taylor, Admiral Thomas Moorer, etc. have to say about that article and about the above practices that have severely damaged unit cohesiveness, unit morale and the “Combat Effectiveness” of the US Armed Forces under Dempsey?

Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62

Capt              USN(Ret)

Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC

2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184

San Diego, CA 92108

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  1. I sure am glad I got out when I did, even though a lot of my friends died for nothing – and a lot of somebody else’s friends still die for nothing.

    1. And I agree, Stephen. I’ve written a number of editorials about our Chiefs of Staff and what low-life bottom dwellers they are: trading their Oath for pieces of silver and the ‘R’ word (retirement) and the ‘P’ word (pension).
      They, the Joint Chiefs, went over to “The Dark Side” when they collectively allowed one of their own, LTC Terry Lakin, to be railroaded in a kangaroo Court Martial just because he demanded to see Obama’s (or whatever his name is) Birth Certificate. Well, guess what? How come the Joint Chiefs didn’t care about Obama’s eligibility? And still don’t?
      The Joint Chiefs and half the Pentagon belong in the brig/stockade/Gitmo, take your pick.
      Obama is transforming America, alright, and the Joint Chiefs are just going along for the ride.
      Some leadership, eh?