Archive for July, 2008

Eeny Meeny Miny Moe who is going to end this War?

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Eeny Meeny Miny Moe who is going to end this War? Well I don’t know, Do you? Apparently one of the potential Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces doesn’t exactly know either.  It seems that the illustrious Barack Obama has put his foot in his mouth again.  In an attempt to change the belief that he is flip-flopping on his platform for dealing with the Iraq War Obama made the following comment “I’m going to call in the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and give them a new mission, and that is to bring the war in Iraq to a close.  We are going to get out.” There seems to be one problem, I guess Barack Obama doesn’t understand the role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The Joint Chiefs of Staff does not have operational command of U.S. military forces.  That authority resides in the commanders of the various Unified Combatant Commands.  CENTCOM is the command with responsibility for Iraq [and 26 other countries including Afghanistan and Pakistan].  Earlier this month, the Senate confirmed President Bush’s appointment of General David Petraeus as CENTCOM commander.  Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno is the new US commander for Iraq, replacing Gen. Petraeus. Those are the people, along with the Secretary of Defense, to whom the orders Obama spoke of would be issued.
Knowing that Senator Obama, “is a student of military matters and intellectually voracious, it is thus rather stunning that he would betray such ignorance regarding the way the military actually functions.  In truth, the Joint Chiefs are not part of the chain of command. Indeed, they are specifically by statute not part of the chain of command but instead serve solely in an advisory capacity to the president.  Surely Obama knows this. Obviously he wouldn’t be seeking the role of Commander-in-Chief without knowing how the job is done. So what follows will be familiar to him, but may be enlightening to the media types who to date have overlooked yet another Obama misstatement.”

If you would like to get a bit more insight into this issue and some of the history of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, you can click this link to The Weekly Standard.

Happy Independence Day!

Friday, July 4th, 2008

Today I was planning on writing this whole long blog about how I love my country and how much things have been changing of late for the worse at home and abroad.  However, I received an email from the USN Master Chief of my clan that sums it up pretty well.  It touches on a great many points that we need to think about on this day of celebration.  Please take a moment and read the posting on the Thomas More Law Center Blog that I have placed here.  It is entitled Happy Independence Day!

  Just give it a click and you will open a new window where the posting will come up for you to read.  Thank you. 

I would just like to add a few sentiments of my own, even though they are so eloquently expressed by both Father Dennis Edward O’Brien of the United States Marine Corps and Richard Thompson of the Thomas More Law Center. 

We need to remember to be thankful for the freedoms we have today.  To give quiet thanks to our Brave Forefathers for obtaining these freedoms and to say a prayer for our Heroic Military men and women who are ensuring that we can enjoy our freedoms still today.  And if you happen upon a Veteran or Active Member of Our Armed Services, whether it be Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, National Guard or a Reservist, take the time to stop and thank that person for putting themselves in harms way for you and your family and for protecting our liberties and glorious nation both here and abroad.  Give them the recognition and kindnesses that they deserve!