GOP Congressmen urge U.S. military generals to resign en masse

Six years into his presidency, all signs point to Barack Obama’s relations with the U.S. military — both top officials and rank and file — being in disrepair.

Obama seems to routinely ignore the counsel from military leaders. For their part, active and retired military officers publicly have stated their differences, while the rank and file distrust and have no confidence in their commander-in- chief. A recent Military Times survey found that support for Obama among the military has plummeted to less than 15%. See, for example:

It is in the context of Obama’s deteriorating relations with the military that reports of members of Congress having covert talks with U.S. generals take on significance.

Obama disses Marines On Sept. 23, 2014, Obama was deplaning Marine One after landing in New York for the UN General Assembly. This pic of Obama saluting the Marines while holding a beverage container has gone viral because it’s symbolic of his contempt for the military.

Rep. Doug Lamborn

Rep. Doug Lamborn

Corey Hutchins reports for Medium, Sept. 25, 2014, that according to Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado), members of Congress have been talking to U.S. generals behind the scenes and urging them to publicly resign “in a blaze of glory” if they disagree with how the White House is handling conflicts in the Middle East.

Lamborn represents Colorado’s military-heavy Fifth Congressional District anchored by Colorado Springs, a Christian conservative stronghold that’s home to Focus on the Family and five military installations including the Air Force Academy. In 2012, Mitt Romney carried the district with 59% of the vote. Lamborn was named the Most Conservative Member of Congress by the National Journal in 2009, 2010, and 2011. His committee assignments include serving on the House Armed Services Committee and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. His top five campaign contributors include Lockheed Martin and Koch Industries.

Lamborn made the startling remarks at a Sept. 23 liberty group meeting in the basement of a Colorado Springs bar.

During a question-and-answer portion of the forum, a military service member urged Lamborn to work with his congressional colleagues in both parties to “support the generals and the troops in this country despite the fact that there is no leadership from the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House.”

Lamborn responded, “You know what, I can’t add anything to that, but do let me reassure you on this. A lot of us are talking to the generals behind the scenes, saying, ‘Hey, if you disagree with the policy that the White House has given you, let’s have a resignation. You know, let’s have a pubic resignation, and state your protest, and go out in a blaze of glory.’ And I haven’t seen that very much, in fact I haven’t seen that at all in years.”

The congressman’s comments didn’t stir much of a response from a crowd of about 50, not all of whom were friendly to the four-term incumbent who narrowly squeaked by in a bitter Republican primary.

Irv Halter

Irv Halter

But Democrat Irv Halter, a retired Air Force major general who is running against Lamborn, seized on his opponent’s comments, accusing the congressman of politicizing the military. Halter said in a statement, “Our elected officials should not be encouraging our military leaders to resign when they have a disagreement over policy. Someone who serves on the House Armed Services Committee should know better.”

Halter so far has raised more money than Lamborn. The latter, when asked by a voter why his Democratic challenger is out-fundraising him in a conservative district, said, “If you’re perceived as being in a safe district, there is a limit to people contributing to you. I’m just not considered to be in a dangerous situation.”

A Pentagon spokesperson did not reply to an e-mail for comment by the time this story was published on Medium.com. Nor did a spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee or Lamborn’s communications director.

~StMA

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13 responses to “GOP Congressmen urge U.S. military generals to resign en masse

  1. Reblogged this on LadyRaven's Whisky In A Jar – OH! and commented:
    “Lamborn responded, ‘You know what, I can’t add anything to that, but do let me reassure you on this. A lot of us are talking to the generals behind the scenes, saying, ‘Hey, if you disagree with the policy that the White House has given you, let’s have a resignation. You know, let’s have a pubic resignation, and state your protest, and go out in a blaze of glory.’ And I haven’t seen that very much, in fact I haven’t seen that at all in years.’”

    Dear Mr. Lamborn – as one conservative to another – it hits me that you (and the others encouraging our Generals to resign if they disagree with White House policy) and your colleagues, whom I assume disagree with White House policy, should go first – show how it’s to be done. I haven’t seen that very much, in fact I haven’t seen that at all in years. If ever. Put your money where your mouth is. Sir.

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    • Excellent idea, LadyRaven! Rep. Lamborn wants the military to do what Congress is too cowardly to do. As truckjunkie points out (below), there is more than enough to impeach this president.

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  2. agent provocateur

    Reblogged this on Nevada State Personnel Watch.

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  3. Reblogged this on Fellowship of the Minds and commented:
    As the Obama administration shows every sign of falling apart at the seams, talks are going on behind the scenes between Congressional Republicans and military leaders. Hmm….

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  4. Thank you StMA for this excellent and significant post. I would like to be a fly on the wall to listen to these talks going on. The king’s contempt for the military has been shown in his actions and body language throughout his entire administration.

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  5. Better yet,why not step up,en masse,and have the alleged president arrested and prosecuted for every unconstitutional,illegal,unethical,immoral and otherwise Criminal act he’s committed since he arrived in the US. Granted-there’s a lot of things he’s done that fall into that “gray area” where they’re not prosecutable offenses,but there’s enough that will hold up in Court to be sure he never walks free again.

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  7. Sheesh, another brain-dead stick-jockey opens his mouth and removes all doubt.

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