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Anybody Who Thinks General Dempsey Went Rogue And Called Terry Jones Is Missing The Point

Posted on | September 12, 2012 | 11 Comments

by Smitty

I’ve got to call Preston for having blown by the point entirely:

Gen. Dempsey’s call was a PR stunt designed to show the Islamic world that the US government takes jihadist threats more seriously than it takes American citizens’ rights to free speech.
The top soldier in America’s armed forces has deliberately chilled free speech and has violated the oath he took when he entered the armed forces, to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. He has also elevated an obscure, fringe preacher to a powerful position impacting US foreign policy.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is, in other words, an idiot.

People in uniform, even the JCS chair, take orders. There are just a couple links, albeit weak, in the chain of command above JCS chair.

Keep in mind that the party which ordered Dempsey to place that call

So, treating the JCS chair like a flunky continues to communicate to the Middle Eastern audience that the U.S. military is something of a joke, and need not be a concern. No doubt, the U.S. military karma is cosmically enhanced by all this, and the world will respect us more if our military image is less. . .combative.


  • M. Thompson

    (Lots of sailor speak)

    He quite possibly didn’t know how to say “No, sir, I can’t do that,” the right way, or else he decided to take the easy route, going along to get along.

  • EarlScruggs

    Petraeus did the same thing with Jones before. Getting to be a habit having 4 stars warn him off.

    I would suggest that having a combatant commander being Al Qaeda’s speech enforcer is not a great idea.

  • John Fast

    Wow! If I were Terry Jones, this would go to my head. I would think up all sorts of wacky stunts and then try to extort tribute from the administration in return for not pulling them.

  • JeffS

    ‘Fraid so, Smitty. That’s not an illegal order, just a stupid one.

    And finding ways to disregard stupid orders gets harder the higher one gets on the flag pole.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    How is Romney to blame for Obama’s “Arab Spring” reaping a foul harvest this fall? We know why the General called Terry Jones, he was asked to do so.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Stop reading “Three Cups of Tea.”

  • Bob Belvedere

    The General should have threatened to resign [and be prepared to carry through with it], just as General Petraeus should have.

    You don’t make your soldiers handle your political tasks for you in such a manner. Actions like this damage the image of the U.S. Armed Forces.

    Sadly, these days, those who reach the top in the services tend to be Perfumed Princes.

  • smitty

    The classic question, for the reformer, is whether resignation is Pyrrhic.

  • Quartermaster

    It’s a question that I’ve never seen answered. Frankly, it would be no kind of victory, but that’s not the issue. The issue is where does the individual with the stars on his shoulder straps or boards actually stand. Is he a man of principle, or is he what David Hackworth caustically labeled a “Perfumed Prince.” I can’t say there has been anything other than a perfumed prince as a service chief of CJCS since LeMay was fired as CoS of the Air Force.

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  • Orville Pounder

    General Dempsey did not get where he is by attacking machine gun nests, He is a politician first and a General second.
    He should have told Obama to stick it.
    He, like the grunts, are compelled by the UCMJ to refuse an illegal order.
    Impeach and imprision Obama.