10/5/12

Generalissimo Dempsey

What's the deal with our current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Has the title 'Chairman' gone to his head?

First, we have him making thinly veiled threats against retired and former military members for exercising their right to free speech:

General Dempsey misses the boat

Dempsey disappointed ...

Dempsey is "disappointed" by political activity that he deems "not useful." In Dempsey's world, if he doesn't deem something useful, then it is not.

That may work to some extent for active duty members of the armed forces, but it doesn't hold much water for the rest of us.

Now, Dempsey is using his position to crush the career of a relatively junior officer, as power goes in the military:

Legal group comes to aid of Army instructor

Attorneys for Lt. Col Matthew Dooley, a West Point graduate and highly-decorated combat veteran, was an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University, where by most accounts he won praise from students and faculty alike. But when Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey excoriated Dooley during a Pentagon press conference in May, characterizing his course, “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism” as objectionable, unprofessional, and “against our values,” Dooley's once-bright career effectively hit a dead end, say his backers.

Dooley is a lieutenant colonel. That is an exalted rank for your typical young enlisted swine, or young company-grade officers, but at Dempsey's nosebleed heights, a lieutenant colonel is way off the radar.  They are a dime-a-dozen.

For the highest-ranking officer in the entire military establishment of the United States to take a shot like that at a light colonel is pretty much unheard of. Even if Dooley is in fact a rabid Islamophobe. Dempsey's public excoriation of Dooley is poor leadership, and a poor exercise of the awesome power with which Dempsey has been entrusted.

But ... here is why Dempsey is grinding Dooley to mincement:

"... attorneys believe Dooley was doomed by a letter sent to the White House, Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies a year ago and signed by more than 50 Muslim-American groups, including the Council of American-Islamic Relations."

That "Council of American-Islamic Relations" is an interesting outfit. CAIR has been criticized for ties with Hamas. Is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs really flushing Dooley's career down the toilet over complaints from CAIR?

Perhaps we need a new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. One who is less interested in political correctness.