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U.S. general demoted over
´extravagant trips´

New York Daily News, by Larry McShane

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Posted By:charliecoconut, 11/13/2012 2:18:46 PM

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.

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And another one bites the dust!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: disklxik, 11/13/2012 2:27:09 PM     (No. 9011755)

The purge continues.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dwa, 11/13/2012 2:30:08 PM     (No. 9011760)

Too bad the same standard doesn´t apply to Obama and his wife -- or for that matter Panetta who is running up huge bills traveling to Calif to visit his family weekly.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: old north state, 11/13/2012 2:33:15 PM     (No. 9011763)

Isn´t Panetta the guy who demands the taxpayers shuttle him back and forth to California for free? Where does he get off demoting someone else for extravagant travel?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: woodenleg, 11/13/2012 2:34:41 PM     (No. 9011767)

# 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.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ebgodard, 11/13/2012 2:34:45 PM     (No. 9011768)

How funny is this? A man with a 40+ career serving our country gets demoted and charged yet Bam and MO spend millions and not a peep.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 11/13/2012 2:42:49 PM     (No. 9011779)

As #4 said, "the purge" came to my mind, too. They must get the military fully under their control.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: Daisymay, 11/13/2012 2:46:05 PM     (No. 9011785)

Is it me or does this look like a war on Generals this week. Three of them in one week! Something smells rotten. This is only the beginning of the end for our Military.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Griz70, 11/13/2012 2:54:53 PM     (No. 9011796)

Yes, Stalin did this, as did Hitler. Get rid of any general not advanced by the socialist/communist in charge.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: LanieLou, 11/13/2012 2:54:55 PM     (No. 9011797)

Obama´s re-election motto = REVENGE.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: LanieLou, 11/13/2012 2:56:24 PM     (No. 9011799)

Either revenge or they plan on ordering the troops to take an action these general´s would refuse to do.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 11/13/2012 2:57:33 PM     (No. 9011802)

Apparently, it´s only sex if you´re the CIC!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 11/13/2012 2:57:48 PM     (No. 9011803)

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.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: JAN, 11/13/2012 3:02:19 PM     (No. 9011809)

Unheard of. Extravagant misuse of taxpayer money.

Shocking.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: alloysteel, 11/13/2012 3:14:15 PM     (No. 9011822)

Prediction - the entire JCS and most of the top tier of Generals and Admirals shall be replaced or demoted before January 20, 2013. And MASSIVE resignations among some of the field grades as well.

Gotta have reliable underlings in place, otherwise, there may very well be a military takeover of the US Government shortly thereafter.

Can´t be having potential coups messing up the trajectory.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: nonsense, 11/13/2012 3:20:41 PM     (No. 9011836)

I think it has been more than 3 generals. Didn´t two generals resign the minute after Benghazi happened?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 11/13/2012 3:22:57 PM     (No. 9011840)

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.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 11/13/2012 3:24:33 PM     (No. 9011844)

PS. Google his name. The whole story is out there in multiple articles during the last number of months and most were posted here at LCom. At that time most thought he was not a winner.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: otronome, 11/13/2012 3:28:50 PM     (No. 9011852)

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.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 11/13/2012 3:29:04 PM     (No. 9011853)

Excuse another post, but here is a very detailed, no frills report on what General Ward and his wife did.

http://www.armytimes.com/news/2012/08/ap-ward-africom-lavish-spending-081712

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Reply 20 - Posted by: snapper451, 11/13/2012 3:37:28 PM     (No. 9011875)

Too bad we can´t do this to the President, First Lady, or Secretary of State!


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Reply 21 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 11/13/2012 3:40:34 PM     (No. 9011883)

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.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: lylacat, 11/13/2012 3:48:43 PM     (No. 9011902)

Yes, why does this standard not apply to Michelle and her expensive, lavish and luxurious trips she takes with all her family and friends all at the taxpayers´ expense?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: stopstoreload, 11/13/2012 3:54:41 PM     (No. 9011922)

And Hillary is going to Australia with 150 entourage?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: pickle1, 11/13/2012 3:55:12 PM     (No. 9011925)

Obama and Hillary and the MSM are sure trying hard to over this up. Guess they don´t want to go to prison for murder.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: sabre460, 11/13/2012 4:06:43 PM     (No. 9011961)

And what about the First Wookie´s elaborate vacations?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Conservativegirl, 11/13/2012 4:10:52 PM     (No. 9011970)

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.


Girl´s Hubby

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Reply 27 - Posted by: TXknitter, 11/13/2012 4:17:52 PM     (No. 9011983)

#23 Yeah she is.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: RancherJack, 11/13/2012 4:46:27 PM     (No. 9012051)

We got us a purge going on

In preparation for a Putsch

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Reply 29 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 11/13/2012 5:16:33 PM     (No. 9012111)

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.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Smaj, 11/13/2012 6:51:15 PM     (No. 9012301)

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.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: judy, 11/13/2012 7:21:47 PM     (No. 9012353)

Will this apply to Hillary, Pinetti, the won & Michelle?????




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Reply 32 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 11/13/2012 7:22:49 PM     (No. 9012359)

#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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Reply 33 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/13/2012 7:24:19 PM     (No. 9012361)

He must have been emulating Moochelle.

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