The U.S. Air Force reports (courtesy Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs) that on Oct. 11, 2013, Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, relieved Maj. Gen. Michael Carey from command of 20th Air Force due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment.
The report says:
Kowalski made his decision based on information from an Inspector General investigation into Carey’s behavior during a temporary duty assignment. The allegations are not related to operational readiness or the inspection results of any 20th AF unit, nor do they involve sexual misconduct.
“20th AF continues to execute its mission of around-the-clock nuclear deterrence in a safe, secure and effective manner,’ Kowalski said. ‘It’s unfortunate that I’ve had to relieve an officer who’s had an otherwise distinctive career spanning 35 years of commendable service.”
AFGSC vice commander Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein has been named the interim 20th AF commander.
Headquartered at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., 20th AF is responsible for the nation’s three intercontinental ballistic missile wings. It has dual responsibilities to AFGSC and U.S. Strategic Command. As the missile Numbered Air Force for AFGSC, 20th AF maintains and operates the nation’s ICBM force. Designated as STRATCOM’s Task Force 214, the command provides on-alert, combat ready ICBMs to the President.
In the three months after the 9/11 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya (which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stephens), five 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.
- Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis on December 6.
Ostensibly, Petraeus’ “retirement” and Allen’s suspended promotion were due to both men’s moral conduct. But surely we are not so naive as to think that Petraeus and Allen, respectively, 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.
The dismissal of Gen. James Mattis is equally, if not more, suspicious. Having served in the U.S. military for 40 years and widely revered by rank-and-file Marines for his blunt talk and leadership, Mattis was the head of the most important command of the entire U.S. military — that of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM). But the good general was told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.
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 was 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.
Ex-CIA agent, philanthropist Dr. Jim Garrow, claims (on Alex Jones’ radio, Glenn Beck, and several other Internet mediums) that Obama is purging the U.S. military’s top brass via a “litmus test” of sorts. High-ranking military officials are asked “Would you fire on an American citizen?”. Garrow claims that those who answered “no” would be fired. Garrow also claims that Obama had Andrew Breitbart and Tom Clancy assassinated,
Dr. Garrow is the founder and executive director of The Bethune Institute, a charitable organization dedicated to advance education in China via teaching English, giving free books to poor Chinese, and medical scholarships. Through its branch organization, The Pink Pagoda, the institute also rescues baby girls from infanticide in China, and finds homes for the unwanted girls. Dr. Garrow is credited for saving the lives of over 50,000 Chinese girls for which he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.