Friday, September 6, 2013

General Scales: Pentagon embarrassed by Obama!

In his first five years in office Barack Obama has proven time and again that he his no leader and most certainly no foreign policy or national security tactician. This time it's Syria!

While this President obviously has no capacity to act in his primary role of Commander-in-Chief, his bold action rhetoric followed by long-term inaction, finger pointing, attempts at consensus building and non-existent strategy over Syria borders on the extremely dangerous and potentially catastrophic!

Not only for our country and our position on the world stage but for the safety of our limited number of our actual friends and quasi allies in the region and around the globe!

From The Washington Post via RedFlag News:

'Retired General: The Pentagon Is "Embarrassed" To Be Associated W/ Obama's "Amateurish" War Plan...'

'(by General Robert H. Scales (ret.), via The Washington Post) -- The tapes tell the tale. Go back and look at images of our nation’s most senior soldier, Gen. Martin Dempsey, and his body language during Tuesday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on Syria. It’s pretty obvious that Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, doesn’t want this war. As Secretary of State John Kerry’s thundering voice and arm-waving redounded in rage against Bashar al-Assad’s atrocities, Dempsey was largely (and respectfully) silent.

Dempsey’s unspoken words reflect the opinions of most serving military leaders. By no means do I profess to speak on behalf of all of our men and women in uniform. But I can justifiably share the sentiments of those inside the Pentagon and elsewhere who write the plans and develop strategies for fighting our wars. After personal exchanges with dozens of active and retired soldiers in recent days, I feel confident that what follows represents the overwhelming opinion of serving professionals who have been intimate witnesses to the unfolding events that will lead the United States into its next war.

They are embarrassed to be associated with the amateurism of the Obama administration’s attempts to craft a plan that makes strategic sense. None of the White House staff has any experience in war or understands it. So far, at least, this path to war violates every principle of war, including the element of surprise, achieving mass and having a clearly defined and obtainable objective...'

Read the rest of the article at RedFlag here.

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