It’s highly unusual for a high-ranking soldier, let alone a high-ranking Marine, to publicly question White House and Pentagon policy. Yet that’s exactly what four-star Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, did yesterday in Washington.
Speaking at the Brookings Institute Tuesday, Amos said the Obama administration paved the way for the emergence of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) by completely withdrawing American troops in 2011.
“I have a hard time believing that had we been there, and worked with the government, and worked with parliament, and worked with the minister of defense, the minister of interior, I don't think we'd be in the same shape we're in today,” Amos said.
Amos also blasted the White House for failing to live up to its obligations around the world.
I am sure they are as eager to be a part of this as I am! Though I am 74, have bad arthritis in my knee, I can still contribute to the cause of freedom! USN-RET
Jeff Collier----your last sentence has a VERY IMPORTANT feature in it: ".....bound by the Uniform Code of Military Justice to obey "[lawful orders]"! The last two words means that every enlisted person not only has a right to question the moral legality of any/every given order, the have a responsibility to do so! USN-RET
Gregory THATS what it is about----LAWFUL ORDERS !
I joined the Corps in 65-(YA I'm still a CRAZY NAM VET) as a PVT-LEFT it in 2005... after telling a 2 star to shove his shit-in 2003--THEN TOOK by force the same IDIOT on the mission he wanted me to send MY MEN on--NO INTEL to speak of--and I KNEW from MY EXPERIENCE that it was a SET UP and TRAP---TANGOS KIA AND WIA--62 ---MY MARINES---14 WOUNDED including MYSELF and my EO---the "GENERAL" pissed and CRAPPED HIS DRAWERS when a round hit 3in from his head---I EARNED MY O-6 EAGLES and ALL the medals and commendations I have with MY BLOOD most of it spilled PROTECTING MY MARINES---the above happened in Gannysan---not to far from where that ARMY SOB DESERTED HIS POST---I was told by another friend a GOOD DO and GENERAL that I would NEVER go any further --MY ATTITUDE --and I STILL HAVE that TELL IT LIKE IT IS ATTITUDE...as I SAID---there WAS/IS NO REASON WHY the FIELD and GENERAL STAFF DON"T MOVE ON THE TRASH ARAB IN OUR WHITE HOUSE----WE OWE HIM AND HIS MINIONS==============NOTHING---NOT A DAMN THING EXCEPT A JAIL CELL,TRIAL AND EXECUTION!
Jeff----that is the only attitude to have: TELL IT LIKE IT IS! Yep! I was USN, but proud of my service! Have the greatest respect for all people that served honorably! And you are so right in saying we owe that moron in the WH NOTHING! Liked it when the top man from the Corps spoke out recently! Thank you for your service! SEMPER FI
It is good to see you posting here.
Steven G. Elliott/1SG Retired
Gregory--USN-----Well WE won't hold that against ya--WE MARINES need bus drivers etc LOLOL SEMPER FI my friend!!
TOP--ya good to be alive--still fighting that crazy pneumonia I got last year and my STUBBORN ATTITUDE last year and first of this one I stayed in the DC area with most of my unit until another "GENERAL" active duty relieved me until MED CLEARED--a REAL ONE not afraid to do what MIGHT have been needed--supporting our take over of DC--
AND I DON'T mean this NO BALLS AMOS---took him long enough to remember HIS OATH--something I and OTHERS never have forgotten---WHEN I went from an E-5 in 66 to a 2ndLt and TOOK my FIRST OFFICER OATH--I can still feel the goose bumps--UNLIKE when I took the EM OATH--AND I STILL LIVE BY THAT OATH---TO THE CONSTITUTION and NOT SOME MORON OR MORONS !1
SEMPER FI TOP stay safe---
I would bee happy to drive you and any Marine anywhere you want to go! LOL So long as I will be allowed to get off that bus with you all and stand next to you! When I was a recruiter for USNR, sent many a HN to the 4thMARDIV to serve with them if they had a certain NEC(believe it was 8404)! Finally went to their units HQ on Foster Avenue (Chicago) to see who these guys were! Really got a warm welcome, as well as a quick education! Also, when stationed at N&MRC Center in Gary (IN), we had a MARINE unit there! That was another educating experience! But enjoyed every minute of it!
Gentlemen....... I and Many have said repeatedly (for years) "We need a Leader." I believe that Leader has stepped forward.
In the discussion re. 'at war with Liberals ?', where there is Excessive 'saber rattling', I posted the following:
"To Whom It May Concern: Without 'Command & Control' any endeavor is no more than anarchy. TIME for Organization, Strategy, Tactics is necessary. Security is vital. And all depend on Communications which can be monitored and immediately disrupted. Redundant methods would be necessary."
A 'List' has been suggested, it cannot be 'Formal'. The Community of retired Military Officers, Field Grade and above, know who they can trust. They have means of Organization and knowledge of SECURITY, AND: a form(s) of Communication not available to we Enlisted personnel longtime departed from Service. (Army Security Agency '64-'68 - intimately involved in the 'Chinese Problem' first two years of Viet Nam, ie. Mao Tse Tung - and Dedicated to the OATH I swore) Do I have to drop names ? Like for instance Mr. Valkyrie ?
We have to continue our prayers to God, that he will keep listening to us as I believe he has by the way things are starting to turn around, and the traitor keeps getting slapped down like he should be.
I believe that there are provisions in the law that allow Congress to take matters into their own hands, and will eventually get tired of us complaining and they will have no choice but to boot his sorry ass out of office, and hopefully out of the Country. He has been threating using the power he gave himself over the American people, but one thing he doesn't realize is he can not wage war against the American people using the military, so I say kiss our butts you dumb Ass.
About time YOU FOUND YOUR BALLS AMOS---NOW all the rest of the JOINT CHIEFS and heads of OTHER MILITARY UNITS and DEPARTMENTS----need to do the same!
Lets get MAD DOG and some of the OTHER GENERALS who HAVE BALLS to COMMAND A VETERAN AND ACTIVE DUTY RAPID REACTION FORCE---all GEARED to REMOVING THE TRASH IN DC and ESPECIALLY THE TRASH in our house----the USURPER AND LIAR OBAMANAZIE !!
HOW about it AMOS YOU UP TO BACKING THE 1stMARDIV ASSO and ALL THE OTHER MARINE UNITS !
I think Mad Dog is about ready to get it on.
He better hope that Obie doesn't screw with his retirement when he throws him out of the military. If he ever wiped his butt sideways, he'll have a dishonorable and lose his life's retirement.