The purge of the military that began after the Benghazi attack is continuing, and may be accelerating.
Since the September 11, 2012, attack, nine top commanders have been fired by the president in what insiders are saying is a plan to send a message to the lower ranks that disobedience to Obama policies will not be tolerated.
Among the commanders shown the door: U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, who commanded U.S. African Command when the consulate was attacked and four Americans were killed; Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette, in charge of the Carrier Strike Group during the Benghazi attack; Army Major Gen. Ralph Baker, commander of the Joint Task Force-Horn at Camp Lamar in Djibouti, Africa, at the time of Benghazi; Army Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts; Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant; Marine Corps Major Gen. Charles M. M. Gurganus; Army Lt. Gen. David Holmes Huntoon Jr.; Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina; Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Carey.
During his first term, Obama fired four generals.
All of the commanders fired in the past year questioned Obama policies or, in the case of those fired after Benghazi, questioned Administration statements about units being unavailable to help the mission as it was being attacked.
Most of them were fired for charges that seem as unlikely as they are unexplained, such as a sudden charge of groping a civilian in the case of Gen. Baker. And it seems that none of the commanders who were fired have actually been charged or prosecuted after their firings.
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely believes the firings are part of a plan to reduce U.S. standing worldwide.
“Obama is intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged,” he said.
Obama’s been restructuring the military in other respects as well, with his decision to allow gays to openly serve, and the Pentagon’s recent press to persecute Christians who evangelize. Add on to that the mothballing of ships and entire fighter squadrons due to the sequester plan that was conceived in the Oval Office, and it’s hard to dismiss Vallely’s accusations.
Historically, purges of militaries usually precede final establishment of a dictatorship.