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Saturday, August 28, 2021

To survive, we must fire them all

12 days ago, I wrote and posted, "Fire them all." Since then, others have agreed.

Kurt Schlichter had a message for Milley and the other members of the Joint Showboats of Staff, "Rip those stars off your pathetic nostalgia costumes and resign. Quit. Tell that crusty Pinocchio in the White House and the faculty lounge Geppettos tugging his strings that you will have no more to do with his human centipede of failure in Kabul. 

"It’s not hard – your stars are right there, generals, right on the shoulders of those new uniforms you decided to adopt with the express purpose of evoking World War II and the memory of victory over a modern, peer-competitor military. Maybe, you thought, wearing winner’s gear would ease the pain of getting creamed by a bunch of Seventh Century throwbacks.

"Yeah, we know your boss is a senile old fool with delusions of competence. His failure will be addressed at the ballot box. But your failure, generals and admirals, is something only you can address, at least until President DeSantis comes and separates the wheat from the chaff in the Pentagon."

He's a retired colonel. As an officer and a gentleman, he knows when to be subtle. 

We ain't got time for that.

He concluded, correctly, "You won’t do it, because if you were the kind of men who would do it you would not have to be told to do it. But you should do it. It might save a little shred of your dignity. Rip those stars off your shoulders and throw them down on the Resolute Desk."

The last Democrat president to surrender like this was Jefferson Davis.

The survival of America depends on firing them all. The good, the bad, and the indifferent must all go because we must send a clear signal to the mediocrities running the military and the Department of State.

The message must be failure gets you canned.

We failed 20 years ago to do so, and it cost us dearly.

9/11 resulted in no firings. Instead of dismissing the people in charge of an intelligence community that failed the nation, Bush 43 appointed a 9/11 commission, which included many of the people responsible for the 9/11 whiff. The commission was a bipartisan circle jerk and coverup. After months of interviews, it concluded that the FBI and CIA had "not well served" Presidents Clinton and Bush.

No shit, Sherlock.

Contrast and compare to FDR's response to the REAL Pearl Harbor.

History.com reported, "Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel was relieved of his command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet as part of a shake-up of officers in the wake of the Pearl Harbor disaster.

"Admiral Kimmel had enjoyed a successful military career, beginning in 1915 as an aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He served admirably on battleships in World War I, winning command of several in the interwar period. At the outbreak of World War II, Kimmel had already attained the rank of rear admiral and was commanding the cruiser forces at Pearl Harbor. In January 1941, he was promoted to commander of the Pacific Fleet, replacing James Richardson, who FDR relieved of duty after Richardson objected to basing the fleet at Pearl Harbor."

The removal of his former aide came 10 days after Pearl Harbor. FDR also relieved Lieutenant General Walter C. Short that day of command of the Army base at Pearl Harbor.

Maybe they were scapegoats. Maybe not. That is unimportant.

But the message to all the rest of the admirals and the generals was clear. Do your job or be publicly humiliated and you will lose at least one star.

We went on to win the war because even after 20+ years of underfunding and rare promotions, the military had plenty of other admirals and generals to replace the commanders who screwed up.

Instead of firing those who did this, we are firing the critics. Politico reported, "Marine officer relieved of duty after calling out senior leaders about Afghanistan."

Guess what?

He doesn't care.

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller said in a video, "I have been fighting for 17 years. I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders, ‘I demand accountability.'"

The public overwhelmingly supports him.

Everyone must demand accountability.

And that starts by firing every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, every secretary of the various services, the Defense secretary, the Secretary of State, the vice president, and the president.

We cannot allow to go unpunished the surrender of billions of dollars in cash, equipment, and military bases to a bunch of goons who posed no threat to our military men and women in Afghanistan.

If they continue in office, the message will be that every single one of them is above the law. That they are invulnerable because no matter what disaster they create, they still have a job, a pension, and prestige.

If even arming terrorists does not get you fired, nothing will.

Fire them all.

Our survival depends on it.

57 comments:

  1. There is more honor among thieves than there is in the current military command.

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  2. Did not see ANY Administration or Generals at Diver when our Fallen Sokdiers returned yesterday. Nuke DC to save the US.

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    1. Damn, I had hoped this was an erroneous report. I figured no way Biden would go but brass should have been there.

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    2. Honestly, there were no Admin/military leadership there! WTF, over!

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    3. This is going to have an effect on morale. I think that this will inhibit recruiting and retention. When the leadership does not give a damn. I know I will hear from my 20 year Marine vet cousin.
      They doubly wounded the Corps.
      Fire them all.

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    4. Their presence would have been a far worse insult than their absence. You really think any of these apparatchiks care about deaths, as opposed to their present and future spots at thevtrough?

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    5. https://theconservativetreehouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Biden-Administration-Dover-Airforce-base-.jpg

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  3. The willingness of Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller to sacrifice his career to speak out is somewhat offset by the fact that his current chain of command would not blink an eye at getting him killed for no good reason, whatever.

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    1. Not sure how that offsets anything.

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    2. I think what he is saying is that there is a little bit of self-interest on his part --- wouldn't want to be part of a military that would just treat him as cannon fodder

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  4. There is no Patton or Bradley among this group of pretend soldiers. We are being led to oblivion by an installed demented man whose strings are being pulled by the CCP. Lt Col Scheller, an honorable serviceman, and his equally other honorable cohorts should have protected us against our domestic and foreign enemies last November when it was apparent our votes didn’t matter.

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    1. All of them have much to answer for.

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    2. Bradley was far less than perfect, in many armies he'd have been sacked for the Bulge but by then it was clear we were going to win and capitulation to Monty was an even less palatable outcome.

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  5. I had been wondering since the obimessiah was "elected" why there weren't mass resignations from the Pentagon. Instead we saw eight years of purging the ranks of anyone who might have had the cojones to do so.
    It will be interesting to see if Col Scheller gets any traction for the sacrifice of his career, or if he's simply disappeared.

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    1. They have implied that he needs a Psychiatric evaluation and that his wife may be in Danger.

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  6. "Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel was relieved of his command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet as part of a shake-up of officers in the wake of the Pearl Harbor disaster.

    The US Senate passed a non-binding resolution in 1999 that exonerates both Admiral Kimmel and General Short calling for their ranks to be posthumously restored.

    The vote for that resolution was 52-47 indicative of the equal divide in the greater historical community on exactly how much blame should be placed on Admiral Kimmel.

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    1. replacing James Richardson, who FDR relieved of duty after Richardson objected to basing the fleet at Pearl Harbor."

      Richarson wanted to base the fleet in San Diego because Pearl was vulnerable. FDR overruled him and replaced him.

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    2. The only thing worse than no accountability is faux accountability - where a few scapegoats provide the "accountability" while those who were the real problem thus skate with cover.

      Richardson indeed didn't want the Pacific Fleet main base to be relocated from San Diego to Pearl Harbor - not only was Pearl Harbor more vulnerable, it is WAY WAY out there and was difficult to supply even in peacetime.

      Kimmel knew immediately that it was over for him - apparently when he got to his HQ on a hillside overlooking the harbor and saw the carnage, he reached up and tore the stars off his shoulders (!), and then exchanged his admiral's uniform jacket for that of a lieutenant.

      But the story is even stranger - and Kimmel and Short were indeed scapegoated after having been kept in the dark about what was going on.

      After the fleet was moved to Pearl Harbor, MacArthur - who had returned to the colors after in quasi-retirement having been quasi-in-charge of the Philippine military (in preparation for independence for the Philippines) was able to convince Roosevelt that the defense perimeter should be extended to the Philippines (!!) rather than Pearl Harbor - and that led to all the intelligence assets being relocated from Pearl Harbor to Manila where MacArthur was in charge of them; this left Kimmel and Short totally in the dark with respect to intelligence about what was going on. (Churchill actually asked Roosevelt to move the Pacific Fleet main base from Pearl Harbor to Singapore (!!), something that was too much even for Roosevelt.)

      MacArthur also contributed to the unfolding disaster by explicit ignoring his orders in the event of war with Japan. His orders were, in the event of war, to arm up the force of B-17s he had in the Philippines and send them off stat to bomb the Japanese airfields on Formosa (Taiwan). It was still night in the Philippines when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, but MacArthur did nothing. And at dawn the Japanese airfields on Formosa were fogged in and the pilots could not take off; they later said that they figured that at any moment they'd hear the drone of B-17 engines and then bombs would start tearing up the fields and aircraft. But nothing happened, the fog eventually lifted, and the Japanese aircraft got into the air and were able to carry out their orders - they attacked Clark Field near Manila and wiped out MacArthur's air force on the ground.

      MacArthur did great service later, but he was never held to account for explicitly ignoring his orders and for allowing the annihilation of American air power in the Philippines.

      Let's do REAL accountability (not FAUX accountability) for what is going on now.

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    3. The only commander who took the war wsrnings seriously was Admiral Hart of the Asiatic Fleet. Most of his surface units were in the southern Philippines out of range of air attack. Of course all those weak forces could do is show that they could die gallantly.

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    4. Both Short and Kimmel ignored the “war warning” that came out of DC on November 27 or so that ordered the various command to be ready for war. They were interpreted the message as an order to guard against sabotage, which is why all the P-40s were lined up in nice, easy-to-machine-gun rows. The laxness permeated the ranks, so when they had a few last warnings - large flight of bogeys picked up on radar, submarine attempting to sneak into the harbor - the warnings were ignored. They both had to go.

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  7. The Israeli government learned though the suicide attacks how to handle them. We could not have done most of their actions because we do not control Kabul. They killed everyone that was involved in such activity. We imprisoned the terrorists instead of executing them as international law allows, so 5000 were released.
    One thing they did we could have done was install metal detectors with sandbagged check points to protect our people. There are thousands of metal detectors in US airports to "borrow". The suicide belt/vests contain nails that if my belt buckle could set one off, definitely nails would. There is no way the enemy check points could have missed such belts/vests. There are also explosive detectors. The government some years ago had a commission on what we could do; did we?! I think not.
    https://www.nap.edu/read/12490/chapter/20#199

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  8. Jesse Kelly @JesseKellyDC
    · 20h
    REMINDER: The destruction is intentional.
    8:07 AM · Aug 28, 2021

    Lara Logan @laralogan

    Correct. and can be STOPPED BY THE US IF IT CHOOSES TO DO SO. Spent all night on the phone with dozens of military & Intel people involved & the consensus: if the American people knew what capability we have that we are not using, they would be STUNNED.

    https://twitter.com/laralogan/status/1431634495342526464

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    1. Lara from 8/19:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfJktsCsDQU

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    2. The Taliban knew Trump would've " gone Roman" on them if they tried anything.

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  9. This will not be corrected at the ballot box. I believe, based on facts & our current reality, that our country will split somehow. And getting there will be violent.

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  10. don when i see your name i always read you
    we are in a mess all predictable. obama and rice are in charge he is happy today to destro u.s.a.

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  11. Agree totally with firing them all. Yet really why should we single these failures out when NO ONE has been fired for 2015-2016 attempting to subvert presidential election? Clinton, Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Mccabe, strozek, page etc all smirked and walked away. The entire Mueller team was corrupt also.....So since the entire establishment of authority in DC is corrupt, it ain't happening.

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    1. Our corrupt leaders think white supremacy is the biggest threat to our country. They need to look in the mirror.

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  12. The list of the elites who are above the law keeps growing. Very sad indeed.

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  13. Think you meant "fire squad" them all.

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  14. Evil in leadership is bad.
    Stupid in leadership is equally bad.
    What we have is both.

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  15. Call out every Biden voter who willingly ignored the addle-brained incompetence that half of America clearly saw!

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  16. We have way too many Jamie Gorelick fail-upwards types.

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  17. Might as well toss in SMA Michael Grinston and his compatriot "enlisted advisors to the JCS" while you're cleaning house...

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    1. First, before this turns into a witch hunt, find out the facts. What did the SMA and his advisors tell their boss? Let's not indict people due to association without facts.

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  18. Great columns, thanks, Don!

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  19. Great columns, thanks, Don!

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  20. Excellent post, Don, but the rot runs far deeper in DC. We need not only those military terminations, but also a thorough housecleaning of all federal agencies, ideally shrinking all by at least 50% or, if possible, total elimination. This would induce a recession in the DC area accompanied by an economic boom throughout the rest of the US.

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  21. Thank you Mr. Surber. You have put in words what at least 100 million or more are thinking.

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  22. The 'correct and moral' thing for Milley to do now involves a revolver, a room, and a round of ammo....

    Nothing more is expected. Nothing less will be demanded.

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  23. Lt. Col Scheller reminds me of Billy Mitchell, who was court martialed in 1925 for publicly disagreeing with Navy brass reluctance to embrace aircraft carriers.

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    1. Aw for the good old days. Wish people in government still had integrity and honor but they don't. Outfitting and arming the Taliban as Biden* would have gotten him impeached in an earlier time, why? Because it mattered then and it matters now. Its We the People who have lowered the bar on what we will accept. Sad and embarrassing.

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  24. Fire them all! However the rot is much deeper and they will be replaced with the same type of leadership.

    I retired in 2004 after 21 years, and I could see then the rot in the leadership was growing.

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  25. Mr. Surber, excellent article. Excellent.

    Afghanistan may be the spark that lights the restoration of the Republic. And no, other than a vivid imagination I don't know quite what that looks like.

    I do know that We The People are sovereign, and we are responsible for ourselves. It's on us to right the ship. We can choose Captains like POTUS Trump, DeSantis, knowing we're in charge and responsible. I think we can trust those two.

    We may have to go to DC and force the issue of mass firings. I'm not talking blowing anything up. I'm talking three or four million people in DC, allowing no traffic or anything else because there are too many of us, and forcing them to fire them all. If only to get out of the building.

    We will not allow a cabal of oligarchs and evil ones to destroy the Republic. At least, any more than they already have/are.

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    1. While at it, have Congress remove DC Home Rule. It has shown it can't handle it and doesn't deserve it.

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  26. Firing works for me, but political control over the budget and legislation will come from expanding the conservative coalition by focusing MAGA on the underclass, with every voter won a plus for us and a loss for them.

    It seems the following are win/win ideas that would help the underclass and benefit conservatives:
    • Vouchers: I can’t figure out why every politician doesn’t ride this in 2022 and 2024, but I think it is partially because it is only a conceptual argument with no coordinating body for direct action.
    o The act of recruiting churches/organizations to run schools, and students to apply for 2022/2024 is itself a political campaign in the democrats voter base.
    • Reverse subsidiarity (bringing people closer to the government?): All government employment gets analyzed on a training breakeven with hiring limited to that term. Some jobs take knowledge and experience but some just sell tickets at the gate. Government employment would be structured more like the military with most on a short term commitment with less loyalty to the bureaucracy.
    o This might be done while the democrats are in control as it will be additional spending initially.
    • If it ain’t aimed at China, the military should be focused on technical training with increases in Guard/Reserves funded by active duty decreases and funding increases.
    o Guard/Reserve has always participated in emergencies and should participate in a broader range of government activities to increase resiliency and surge capability, in partnership with as many government departments as possible.
    o If the partnership is broad enough it would allow the continued function of government if emergencies or budgetary pressures forced reductions/shutdowns.
     Military personnel should be given priority for government employment, providing a feeder system of more trained and disciplined candidates for short term government employment described in point 2.
    • Jobs requiring higher education and experience can use military personnel of similar capacity.
     Military personnel are active in the many areas, and can support the State Department, all Intelligence Agencies, CDC, etc.
     Funding of areas that offer additional training opportunities that could be staffed by military personnel such as merchant marine.
     Funding increases to support military personnel participation in trade & technical training/community college and STEM.

    Inner city status quo is a single parent household in a increasingly lawless environment, with dysfunctional schools and limited employment opportunities within the area.

    How about the parents choosing the education and services they believe their child needs, with the kid graduating to some version of outward bound/trade school/community college for a couple of years while in the military/government and out of their neighborhood, before going out on their own?

    At least the underclass would have a better chance, and we’d get the beginnings of a non-partisan bureaucracy.

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  27. NO ONE WILL 'FIRE' THEM! THEY NEED TO BE KILLED IN A VERY PUBLIC FASHION! IT'S THE ONLY WAY WE CAN SAVE OUR NATION.

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  29. One small point...there is no such thing as the 'intelligence community', that's a leftist slight-of-hand wording choice, and we should not validate it by repeating it.

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  30. Please give me some guidance. As the wife of a Marine who was involved in the evacuation of Saigon I have a feel for what is happening now. But...I am almost 74 years old and I want-no,need-to do something to save our beloved USA. What can I do? I want to help but don't know what to do. Yes, I can pray and I do. But tell me where to start and
    I am on it!!!

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  31. Go Woke and you turn to Shyt! I am now worried that our Military has turned into hot steaming dog turd. Everything that the Socialist Democrats touch turns to shit. 2022 cannot come fast enough because I'm concerned that it may be too late! These Bastards have ruined the greatest country ever.

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  32. I agree with the article but there are some other lessons here. Congress bears part of this train-wreck as well. They no longer provide actual oversight. They provide partisan oversight. Big difference. And congress is the one who confirms choices like SecState, SecDef, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs as well. Why did they not object to these people when they had the chance? Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor is a flaming joke. No credentials at all. A yes man. Then there is Blinken who is a notoriously partisan hack in the State Department. If there is not a joint commission to investigate this all-day root canal then fire congress as well because it will be obvious they don't want to know what happened. I won't go into my feelings about Biden* because he is single handedly destroying his own presidency with no help at all. This latest disaster is a national disgrace!

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  33. I agree with the article but there are some other lessons here. Congress bears part of this train-wreck as well. They no longer provide actual oversight. They provide partisan oversight. Big difference. And congress is the one who confirms choices like SecState, SecDef, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs as well. Why did they not object to these people when they had the chance? Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor is a flaming joke. No credentials at all. A yes man. Then there is Blinken who is a notoriously partisan hack in the State Department. If there is not a joint commission to investigate this all-day root canal then fire congress as well because it will be obvious they don't want to know what happened. I won't go into my feelings about Biden* because he is single handedly destroying his own presidency with no help at all. This latest disaster is a national disgrace!

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