Friday, September 23, 2016

Joint Chiefs Chairman outright contradicts Obama policy

For the first time, a serving general officer has explicitly and categorically — and officially — contradicted the stated policy of the Obama administration.
He basically said the policy will not be executed.
This isn’t a matter of shading a meaning here and there, so that the White House and the Pentagon can seem to be saying the same thing even though they’re not.  Nor is it a matter of differing interpretations of facts, or carefully framed silence from the military, which can avoid contradicting the president or his other top officials directly, but also convey to knowledgeable observers that the senior brass in the military sees things differently.

No, in this case, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has just told Congress that the military will not execute a policy touted through press disclosures by the Obama administration, alluded to in general terms, on multiple occasions, by Obama, and urgently pursued by John Kerry.

Morgan Chalfant summarized the statement from General Joseph Dunford, USMC, to the Senate Armed Services Committee on 22 September:
         Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that it would be a bad idea to share intelligence with Russia on the conflict in Syria.
         “The U.S. military role will not include intelligence sharing with the Russians,” Dunford told lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing on U.S. national security challenges and ongoing military operations. “I do not believe it would be a good idea to share intelligence with the Russians.”

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I’m thinking he will be quickly fired…

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