The one-time head of the U.S. Africa Command was demoted Tuesday and ordered to repay $82,000 for unauthorized spending on extravagant trips and other expenses. The move by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta means Gen. William “Kip” Ward will lose one star and retire as a three-star lieutenant general, according to The Associated Press. The demotion is just the latest bit of general misbehavior following the resignation of ex-Army Gen. David Petraeus for an adulterous affair, and reports that Marine Gen. John Allen is under investigation for his “flirtatious” exchanges with the whistleblower in the Petraeus case.
# 1 - Exactly what I was thinking......discredit or force out those Generals whose behaviour is questionable.......next will be those Generals that are not politically connected.......then they will have the rationale and power to eliminate ANY General. When you fit this in with the budget for the military, it´s clear BO wants to destroy our military. Wonder what is BO planning for West Point and Annapolis.
What in the name of Bull Run is going on here? Is this a top-down slashing of the military? Or is it a purging of officers Jarrett and Obama aren´t confident in as maleable toadys? If that´s the case, look toward a new crop of Flag Officers named Antwan, Shabazz, and LaQeesha.
This is no purge. This man has been in limbo while they tried to figure out what to do with him. He and his wife lived very high on the (taxpayer) hog and she sent military personnel on personal errands - to buy a certain candy bar, etc. The articles about them portrayed Vanity, Inc.
About the time this was all coming down, he retired. They did not want him to formally retire until this was settled as its final disposition might include a reduction in rank (and subsequent retirement benefits). There was talk of his losing two stars.
He was parked somewhere, General Ham took his place, and now they are finishing up his case, which has gone on for far too long.
I suspect the only connection it has with the Petraeus matter is that someone decided it was time to get the untidy military decks cleared.
What is pretty clear is that our intelligence agencies have a lot of manower to develop dossiers on our own military. I would not trust leaked, unflaterring stories that coincide with the humiliation of the officers. I have no doubt that productive house cleaning should go on but this is looking like politicalization of the military and Demsey is DumBHO´s stooge.
This has nothing to do with the other Generals in trouble. This story has been going on for months. The only reason we didn´t see much about it in the MSM is that General Ward is black. He was living like a prince on the taxpayers´ dime. Sort of like his CIC is doing now.
Hold on folks, this is an "affirmative action" general who should never have been promoted beyond major. Instead of just losing a star, this piece of carp should be court martialed. He´s a crook and an inept one at that.
Not that the guy doesn´t deserve demotion, etc., but aren´t general/flag rank officers elevated to those ranks by act of Congress? That would seem to pre-suppose an act of Congress to effect a reduction in rank.
An absolute outrage- if an enlisted person or junior officer had commited 10% of what this disgraceful person did they´d be in Leavenworth with a Bad Conduct Discharge. Yet another example that there is a different standard of justice for senior officers. The men & women in the Armed Forces are watching how senior officers are treated (Colonel Johnson, the ongoing General Sinclair case, Patraeus, Allen)- the hypocrisy will destroy morale.
#16&17&18 poster, this IS a purge…Gen Ward’s sin in the eyes of Zero’s henchmen is that he was a go to guy for W and Condi…they assigned him to the no-win job of training the Palestinian security forces in concert with Israel and then named him the first commander of AFRICOM…he successfully fought to restructure it, removing a State Department person as the deputy combatant commander, something no other command has, and replaced her with a flag officer...in the run-up to Libya, he protested the so-called “lead from behind strategy” and was replaced by Gen Ham who had already done Zero’s bidding as co-chair of the committee to end Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and was rewarded with a 4th star to command AFRICOM...the same acting DoD IG who set up Gen Ward is handling the Gen Allen investigation, so let’s see what happens there and how much monitoring 20 to 30,000 emails…
#26 posits that if you are a Black officer, by definition you are unqualified and benefited from AA…guess if Ward was White he would be qualified, and if he was married to the West Point commandant’s daughter, he would be brilliant….
Finally, look at the photos of PaulaB on GenPs plane and recall that his girlfriend spent a year in Afghanistan…at what costs to the taxpayers?
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