Posted on | September 12, 2012 | 11 Comments
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
- doesn’t know what our Navy looks like
- can’t tell an admiral from a general, and
- could be suppressing the military vote.
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.
In defense of General Dempsey’s phone call, one must admit that Terry Jones has ridiculous facial hair. #IsThatAStacheOrSomeFatStapleDude
— Chris Smith (@smitty_one_each) September 13, 2012