Blackmail Confirmed, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer Removed by Defense Secretary Mark T Esper…

If you’ve followed our CTH review, research and analysis of the issues at hand, you will understand our position was that this situation, if true, had a very clear command expectation from U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

It has just been announced that Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has requested the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer (pictured below) for violating the unified chain of command, blackmailing the President of the United States with an ultimatum, and hiding the threat from the Secretary of Defense.

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper asked for the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer on Sunday after losing confidence in him over his handling of the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq, the Pentagon said.

Spencer’s resignation came in the wake of the controversial case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was accused of war crimes on a 2017 deployment. He was acquitted of murder but convicted in July of posing with the corpse of a captive.

Esper asked for Spencer’s resignation after learning that he had privately proposed to White House officials that if they did not interfere with proceedings against Gallagher, then Spencer would ensure that Gallagher was able to retire as a Navy SEAL, with his Trident insignia.

Spencer’s private proposal to the White House — which he did not share with Esper over the course of several conversations about the matter — contradicted his public position on the Gallagher case, chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement.

Esper said in the statement that he was “deeply troubled by this conduct.”

“Unfortunately, as a result I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in his position,” Esper said. “I wish Richard well.”

Spencer’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Esper and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, learned of Spencer’s private offer to the White House when they spoke with President Trump on Friday, Hoffman said. (read more)

Allow me to reassert, this is exactly the required outcome.

The military, nor any person therein, does not get to “threaten” the President of The United States. The President is the Commander in Chief of all armed forces. It is not President Trump who would be doing “untold damage to decades of military justice doctrine“, but rather the insubordination of flag officers who are duty bound to carry out legal and constitutional instructions from the President.

The DoD inaction surrounding Lt. Col Vindman was a precursor, a visible symptom few were paying attention to; indicating a political cancer within the unified chain of command. The U.S. Secretary of the Navy threatening the U.S. President is an even more alarming symptom.

A military officer does not get to threaten his leadership with a ‘do what I demand or I will quit’ approach.  Any senior level military officer who would express such a sentiment would be regarded as unstable, compromised and unfit to hold a leadership rank.

Yes, it really is that simple.

Navy Secretary Richard V Spencer compromised his position within the unified command structure.  There is no room for insubordination at this level, and gross manipulation of command authority for an independent agenda that is against the expressed will of the President of the United States; the Commander in Chief of all Armed Services.

The worst, absolute worst thing, a military officer can do is to compromise the position of his leadership.   Once that compromise is identified it must be removed, with extreme prejudice.

In this type of leadership compromise the chain-of-command does not request permission from the President who -in this example- is the Commander targeted by the compromise.  The immediate commanding officer (Def Sec Esper) has a duty to remove the compromise without conversation (regarding corrective action) with his superior officer, in this case President Trump, until such time as the compromise has been relieved, and subordination issue corrected.  Then the corrective action is discussed with the President.

Defense Secretary Esper made exactly the right decision.

Esper has suggested to Trump that Kenneth Braithwaite, a retired Navy rear admiral who is currently the U.S. ambassador to Norway, be considered as the next Navy secretary.

One issue still remains, what about the compromise remaining from the conduct of Lt. Col Alexander Vindman?

Defense Secretary Mark Esper (right), with President Donald Trump.

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647 Responses to Blackmail Confirmed, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer Removed by Defense Secretary Mark T Esper…

  1. TradeBait says:

    Vindman should hang for what he did.

    Liked by 14 people

  2. Juan says:

    Good riddance! Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.


  3. ZurichMike says:

    OK, so it can be done. Now sweep out all the James Comeys, Fiona Hills and Alexander Vindmans from the non-defense side of government.


    Liked by 15 people

  4. Mnels says:

    Keep in mind, the previous administration pretty much replaced almost all military leadership from a colonel and up. In all probability almost all of the military leadership has been corrupted and is of the mind that an outsider like Donaldus Magnus needs to be resisted no matter what and overthrown if at all possibly.

    Liked by 13 people

  5. DebbieSemms says:

    I feel like our president really dodged a bullet on this one.

    Liked by 6 people

    • GB Bari says:

      The bullet was never fired. IMO the President saw this one coming a mile away.
      That’s what prompted the tweet (which was the “tell” that PDJT had sprung the lethal trap…).

      Liked by 7 people

      • Elle says:

        Trump’s tweet said, “The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin.” He added: “This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!”

        I think you are right. If true, Spencer walked right into a carefully worded trap by then demanding a written order was required, tipping his own hand for the world to see.

        Liked by 1 person

    • gsonFIT says:

      Yes because he truly has a love for Law Enforcement and Military and wants so badly to stand up for the everyday police officer and soldier. They could have easily tripped him up

      Liked by 2 people

    • Child of Morning says:

      And how might things have gone if J.Norman Mattis was still SECDEF?

      Liked by 2 people

  6. Jimmy Jack says:

    Thank you for the post on this Sundance. The whole situation has been nagging at me since I first read about it. I knew there was something problematic to begin with but the fact it is this blatant involving outright blackmailing Trump is truly shocking.

    Now, what else is going on with the Seals and why are they being targeted? Something stinks to high heaven and it’s clearly a major threat to the US in multiple ways.

    Liked by 13 people

  7. DebbieSemms says:

    Mike Cernovich
    ‏Verified account @Cernovich
    7h7 hours ago

    Eddie Gallagher to file IG Complaint against Secretary Spencer, alleging that Spencer personally intervened to dissuade people from coming to Gallagher’s defense.

    Liked by 6 people

  8. sbell22blog says:

    think Esper gave him the Trumpian hand gesture, “you’re Fired”?

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Mr. T. says:

    Good to see that SECDEF took action against SECNAV. One thing I learned as an Army soldier, you NEVER go around your chain of command, you always work through them. Now that SECNAV has been dealt with, time to deal with SECARM and especially Lt. Col. Vindman.

    Someone posted here earlier, that they heard that Lt. Col. Vindman was retired. That’s NOT true. He’s still on active duty and is attached to the NSC, working out of the White House. He is still a U.S. Army Commissioned Officer, and as such, he is still held to the rule of law for the military, the UCMJ, Uniformed Code of Military Justice. I am waiting, as are many other good Americans, for an Article 32 hearing to be held for Lt. Col. Vindman, which is pretty much the same as a preliminary hearing in civilian court, to ascertain whether or not there is enough evidence to proceed to a court marital trial for Lt. Col. Vindman’s failure to follow the orders given by his Commander In Chief, President Trump, regarding matters concerning the US and Ukraine. According to Lt.Col. Vindman’s own words, he went against the orders given, and instead stated he was supposed to be dictating policy in the Ukraine, or something to that effect, and not the President. His actions, to wit, his failure to follow the orders as directed, will be a career ender for him, one way or another.

    Liked by 16 people

    • jbowen82 says:

      He also admitted altering the transcript of the phone call to say something he wanted it to say, but that wasn’t said.

      Liked by 7 people

    • jbowen82 says:

      He also admitted altering the transcript of the phone call to say something he wanted it to say, but that wasn’t said.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Jan says:

        Actually he altered the summary which he wrote of the April call, not the transcript itself. No where in the transcript did it have the words he added to the summary. He claims that “Burisma” was mentioned in the July 25 call but others who listened to the call did not agree.

        He’s described as a “chow thief” by some Rangers who trained with him. He’s described by others as very critical of the U.S. when talking with Ukrainian soldiers, to the point his commanding officer had to pull him out of the group he was talking to.

        Liked by 1 person

        • jbowen82 says:

          You are correct, I misstated. HIs justification for putting into the summary things that weren’t in the transcript was very weak — that other people see the summary and it’s useful to send signals to the rest of the bureaucracy. In other words, I don’t know if he even realized it, but he was admitting falsifying the summary.


    • Issy says:

      He is a smug, arrogant resistance operative and needs to face retribution for what he has done. I don’t care about the clearances of the people he told about the President’s conversation.
      He was in a trusted position and he leaked privileged information. To think he is still there and no doubt still causing problems, is appalling.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Roger Duroid says:

        BUT, who told him to do this in the first place? Who is the ring leader, right now, of this attempt to take down PDJT? Vindman MUST have known he’d get exposed at some point, but was told he’d be successful and a hero for taking down PDJT. Useful idiots, all of them.

        Liked by 3 people

        • Oldfart says:

          I doubt Vindman is very worried about the fallout from his actions. After all, there’s always a book to write and lectures at liberal colleges to give. He’ll survive . . . Unless “someone” decides otherwise.
          It’s been a long time since I was in the military but I remember officers who received their commissions via ROTC and were planning to serve a minimum tour of duty then go out and set the world on fire as engineers or accountants. I’m sure it’s the same now. In fact, Vindman is the personification of most of those jackwads

          Liked by 1 person

  10. wvcoalman says:

    On a side note, at least Richard Spencer didn’t have to follow through with his “blackmail” threat to resign. He found out the hard way he wasn’t really all that important. 😉

    Liked by 4 people

  11. Hopper Creek says:

    Thank God obo failed to fire Admiral Rogers

    Liked by 10 people

  12. grlangworth says:

    I cannot believe this guy. Good riddance of this traitor. When will Green, who stubbornly defied the President, be held to account? Vindman may not qualify for unemployment, as the stockade is more deserved. The UCMJ must be honored.

    Liked by 5 people

  13. Sledge says:

    Vindman in the brig asap or other just consequences please.
    Pull it together fellas.
    Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Doc Hellfish says:

    While I do agree that Esper made the right decision and the right outcome was achieved.. we should hold just a second on that idea about threatening to resign being wrong.. That has for centuries been the only avenue for Flag Officers to stand up to political leadership they think is doing something wrong. (IE: A president about to needlessly order the deaths of thousands of troops).

    This is a good mechanism.. because if the admirals are wrong, it lets the CinC cycle them out to get guys who aren’t.. and if the president is wrong it may give him pause to reconsider.. Either way, it should NEVER be done publicly.

    Liked by 2 people

    • omyword says:

      Not really. The rest of the story is he said one thing to POTUS and another to SOD Esper. In the first place he have had better sense than to tell the president “I will need that order in writing.” You dont get to tell your superiour I need you to write that order down. He either turns to or else. Period.

      Liked by 4 people

    • USMC Doc USN says:

      The threat of resignation should have been to his immediate supervisor, and not bypassing the chain of command to the CinC.

      Liked by 3 people

  15. atomichillbilly says:

    Another problematic sign that the swamp culture in the Capitol has gone off the constitutional rails.

    Not only does the swamp need to be drained, whatever is left afterwards must be put on a very short leash.

    There needs to be a cultural shift where all of that is concerned, most notably the cultural leftardism that has been allowed to creep into the institutions.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. atomichillbilly says:

    Another problematic sign that the swamp culture in the Capitol has gone off the constitutional rails.

    Not only does the swamp need to be drained, whatever is left afterwards must be put on a very short leash.

    There needs to be a cultural shift where all of that is concerned, most notably the cultural leftardism that has been allowed to creep into the institutions.


  17. omyword says:

    Lets cut to the chase. It was a dead muslim. A teenager who was injured and died of his injuries attempting to harm our people. And it all…including the picture upset obama. I dont care who appointed this cat daddy as secnav, it is clear he and Adrimal Green have allegence to another CINC. As did bitterman viderman. Lt.Col spagetti. We need to see Green and bitterman Viderman court martialed! Yesterday.

    Liked by 7 people

  18. RAC says:

    The paragraph that starts ” Unfortunately it has become…..” is pure vitriol. Talk about projection!!
    And since when did anyone have to write a letter acknowledging that they’d been terminated, that was just his excuse to paint himself as the good guy opposed to PDJT.

    Liked by 3 people

    • hokkoda says:

      Moral preening is a defining characteristic of the modern Government Party. He’s too insignificant to write a book, so we get a 1-page memo that Trump will use as toilet paper.


  19. I Hear You Now says:

    caption under photo:
    right of PDJT


  20. Gary Lacey says:

    It appears there is some unfinished business concerning Vindman

    Liked by 2 people

  21. Roger Scott says:

    The 3 SEALS who testified on #EddieGallagher behalf are now being retaliated against. Lt. Cmdr. Robert Breisch, Lt. Jacob Portier and Lt. Thomas MacNeil may also be at risk for losing their TRIDENTS. – Jonathan T Gillian – Seal

    Liked by 1 person

  22. spoogels says:

    Vindicated Navy SEAL Keith Barry speaks for first time on corrupt Navy leadership who falsely imprisoned him for rape | American Military News

    Liked by 2 people

    • spoogels says:

      ” But it was finally brought to light that there had been unlawful command influence over the decision – meaning people in positions of power intentionally and illegally exerted their influence in order to pre-determine an outcome; in other words, it was about as corrupt as it could get.”

      This is a pattern of behavior in the Navy
      How many more cases?

      Liked by 3 people

      • bofh says:

        “This is a pattern of behavior in the Navy How many more cases?”

        Potentially, every one of them. But what would be the metric for re-assessment?

        In this instance it’s a very difficult problem because there was no bribe, no payoff, no threat to the Admiral. There was no smoking gun to be found. The Admiral’s own account now is that he made the unfair decision based on his own perception of public (and, I assume, White House) outcry that would have resulted from voiding the conviction, rather than on the actual legal evidence. Surely a morally reprehensible action, but how would you detect it, and prove it, if Lorge had not chosen to admit to it?

        So what becomes of retired Admiral Lorge? His weak and immoral action cost Barry years in the brig, his reputation, and untold heartache for him and his family. Is an apology adequate? Suppose Lorge had denied Barry’s appeal based on an actual provable bribe – would he face legal consequences now? Is this situation different?


  23. Matt Bracken says:

    Vindman needs to go ASAP.

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Caius Lowell says:

    So many deep state weasels exhibiting a lack of candor and an excess of 0bama…

    Liked by 2 people

  25. LoneStar42 says:

    Corrective action fixes the immediate problem.

    Root cause corrective action must address the broken process that allowed the problem to occur such that it cannot happen again.

    This applies in every case, regardless. So called employee problems can only occur in an environment that allows them to occur.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. scrap1ron says:

    “In 1757, some effete British admiral named John Byng was ordered to hold Minorca and he didn’t. He “failed to do his utmost,” so the Admiralty hauled him out onto the deck of a warship and shot him. Voltaire wrote about this uncompromising leadership technique in Candide and commented, “Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres,” which essentially translates as “shoot an admiral every once in a while to encourage the others.”

    Time to figuratively shoot some admirals.” *Kurt Sclichter, Town Hall*


  27. bluebongo says:

    Among other labels the Pentagon earned during my service, the common perception of the operators is that we won wars DESPITE the best efforts of the Pentagon.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. not2worryluv says:

    Let me understand this-we can watch our enemies Cage people alive and either burn or drown them?
    They can chop off Journalist heads, blow up our Soldiers and kill or maim them with IEDs, capture our Naval ships and film and humiliate the Military on Board to play worldwide, kidnap Americans having nothing to do with their War and taking a picture with a dead terrorist is a War Crime?
    Obama and his Corrupt Administration fed our Troops to these Terrorist with their Rules of Engagement. They are the ones who should be on Trial.

    Liked by 9 people

    • jello333 says:

      Yeah, under normal circumstances, if a soldier were to take pictures of himself with dead bodies of the enemy, I’d say that deserves reprimand (though it’s clearly NOT a “war crime”). But these are not normal circumstances. When that “enemy” are ISIS slime — quite literally the lowest form humans have ever taken — I couldn’t care less WHAT we do with the bodies. Again… ISIS things are as bad as you can get, totally worthless. If I walked past a wounded ISIS thing that was bleeding to death and only had a minute to live if I didn’t help, and right next to him was an ant struggling to free itself from a bit of sap or something… I would, without hesitation, spend the next several minutes helping the ANT. I am dead serious about that.

      Liked by 2 people

  29. Bill Dumanch says:

    Brilliant analysis as you always do here Sundance.
    History and Etymology for analysis (Webster’s)
    New Latin, from Greek, from analyein to break up, from ana- + lyein to loosen

    So, it literally means to “bust [sum] ass”

    You are unique.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Trent Telenko says:

    Regards the USN Brass hats screwing with the military justice system, See this screen shot:

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  31. J.Thomas says:

    It looks like Trump is draining the Navy of some of its politically-oriented leadership. This is an example of corrupt dealings in a justice issue, identified by Trump, and squashed immediately.

    The resignation reminds me a bit of Rod Rosensteins. By appearances it looks like Rosenstein wanted to resign after it was clear that the Special Counsel investigation was getting nowhere and his fellow players through him under the bus by outing him in the “wear a wire” scenario. It looks like Trump forced him to clean up the Special Counsel mess before he could leave.


  32. Johnny Dollar says:

    Lots of spears being thrown at former Secnav Spencer on this thread..

    However, two very important people are not joining the spear throwing crowd.

    Those two would be Secdef Esper and President Trump. Instead of throwing spears at Spencer, you’ll notice they both, publicly, thanked him for his service.

    In the case of President Trump, he’s not likely to hold back. If he thinks the guy deserves rebuke, he’ll let everyone know. Sort of like what he did firing Comey. On top of everything else, publicly calling him a nut job.

    I guess the President knows there is a lot more to this story and , at the end of the day, he doesn’t think Spencer deserves a spear.


  33. Sgt Dave says:

    I see the golden parachute is alive and well. Anyone other than a politico officer would have been demoted and discharged under “other than Honorable conditions”, WITHOUT benefits. Nothing really changing with the elites folks!


  34. William Dorritt says:

    1 down
    15,000 Obama holdovers to go……

    Liked by 2 people

  35. William Dorritt says:

    List Of Military Elite Purged
    And Fired Under Obama

    Compiled By General Paul Vallely 3-17-14

    Here is the list of our military elite who have been purged or fired under Obama:
    Commanding Generals fired:

    · General John R. Allen-U.S. Marines Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012)
    · Major General Ralph Baker (2 Star)-U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013)
    · Major General Michael Carey (2 Star)-U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013)
    · Colonel James Christmas-U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013)
    · Major General Peter Fuller-U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)
    · Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus-U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013)
    · General Carter F. Ham-U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013)
    · Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon (3 Star), Jr.-U.S. Army 58th Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY (2013)
    · Command Sergeant Major Don B Jordan-U.S. Army 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013)
    · General James Mattis-U.S. Marines Chief of CentCom (May 2013)
    · Colonel Daren Margolin-U.S. Marine in charge of Quantico’s Security Battalion (Oct 2013)
    · General Stanley McChrystal-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (June 2010)
    · General David D. McKiernan-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (2009)
    · General David Petraeus-Director of CIA from September 2011 to November 2012 & U.S. Army Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan [USFOR-A] (Nov 2012)
    · Brigadier General Bryan Roberts-U.S. Army Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013)
    · Major General Gregg A. Sturdevant-U.S. Marine Corps Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command & Commander of Aviation Wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013)
    · Colonel Eric Tilley-U.S. Army Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013)
    · Brigadier General Bryan Wampler-U.S. Army Commanding General of 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command [TSC] (suspended Oct 2013)

    Commanding Admirals fired:
    · Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette-U.S. Navy Commander John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Three (Oct 2012)
    · Vice Admiral Tim Giardina(3 Star, demoted to 2 Star)-U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command, Commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10 (Oct 2013)

    Naval Officers fired: (All in 2011)
    · Captain David Geisler-U.S. Navy Commander Task Force 53 in Bahrain (Oct 2011)
    · Commander Laredo Bell-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, NY (Aug 2011)
    · Lieutenant Commander Kurt Boenisch-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
    · Commander Nathan Borchers-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Stout (Mar 2011)
    · Commander Robert Brown-U.S. Navy Commander Beachmaster Unit 2 Fort Story, VA (Aug 2011)
    · Commander Andrew Crowe-Executive Officer Navy Region Center Singapore (Apr 2011)
    · Captain Robert Gamberg-Executive Officer carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jun 2011)
    · Captain Rex Guinn-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Legal Service office Japan (Feb 2011)
    · Commander Kevin Harms- U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 137 aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (Mar 2011)
    · Lieutenant Commander Martin Holguin-U.S. Navy Commander mine countermeasures Fearless (Oct 2011)
    · Captain Owen Honors-U.S. Navy Commander aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (Jan 2011)
    · Captain Donald Hornbeck-U.S. Navy Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 San Diego
    (Apr 2011)
    · Rear Admiral Ron Horton-U.S. Navy Commander Logistics Group, Western Pacific
    (Mar 2011)
    · Commander Etta Jones-U.S. Navy Commander amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
    · Commander Ralph Jones-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Green Bay (Jul 2011)
    · Commander Jonathan Jackson-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 134, deployed aboard carrier Carl Vinson (Dec 2011)
    · Captain Eric Merrill-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Emory S. Land (Jul 2011)
    · Captain William Mosk-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Station Rota, U.S. Navy Commander Naval Activities Spain (Apr 2011)
    · Commander Timothy Murphy-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA (Apr 2011)
    · Commander Joseph Nosse-U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky (Oct 2011)
    · Commander Mark Olson-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer The Sullivans FL (Sep 2011)
    · Commander John Pethel-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock New York (Dec 2011)
    · Commander Karl Pugh-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 141 Whidbey Island, WA (Jul 2011)
    · Commander Jason Strength-U.S. Navy Commander of Navy Recruiting District Nashville, TN (Jul 2011)
    · Captain Greg Thomas-U.S. Navy Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard (May 2011)
    · Commander Mike Varney-U.S. Navy Commander attack submarine Connecticut (Jun 2011)
    · Commander Jay Wylie-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Momsen (Apr 2011)
    Naval Officers fired: (All in 2012):
    · Commander Alan C. Aber-Executive Officer Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (July 2012)
    · Commander Derick Armstrong- U.S. Navy Commander missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (May 2012)
    · Commander Martin Arriola- U.S. Navy Commander destroyer USS Porter (Aug 2012)
    · Captain Antonio Cardoso- U.S. Navy Commander Training Support Center San Diego (Sep 2012)
    · Captain James CoBell- U.S. Navy Commander Oceana Naval Air Station’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (Sep 2012)
    · Captain Joseph E. Darlak- U.S. Navy Commander frigate USS Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
    · Captain Daniel Dusek-U.S. Navy Commander USS Bonhomme
    · Commander David Faught-Executive Officer destroyer Chung-Hoon (Sep 2012)
    · Commander Franklin Fernandez- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 (Aug 2012)
    · Commander Ray Hartman- U.S. Navy Commander Amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry (Nov 2012)
    · Commander Shelly Hakspiel-Executive Officer Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego (May 2012)
    · Commander Jon Haydel- U.S. Navy Commander USS San Diego (Mar 2012)
    · Commander Diego Hernandez- U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming (Feb 2012)
    · Commander Lee Hoey- U.S. Navy Commander Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (May 2012)
    · Commander Ivan Jimenez-Executive Officer frigate Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
    · Commander Dennis Klein- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Columbia (May 2012)
    · Captain Chuck Litchfield- U.S. Navy Commander assault ship USS Essex (Jun 2012)
    · Captain Marcia Kim Lyons- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic New England (Apr 2012)
    · Captain Robert Marin- U.S. Navy Commander cruiser USS Cowpens (Feb 2012)
    · Captain Sean McDonell- U.S. Navy Commander Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 FL (Nov 2012)
    · Commander Corrine Parker- U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1 (Apr 2012)
    · Captain Liza Raimondo- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, MD (Jun 2012)
    · Captain Jeffrey Riedel- Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program (Jan 2012)
    · Commander Sara Santoski- U.S. Navy Commander Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (Sep 2012)
    · Commander Kyle G. Strudthoff-Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (Sep 2012)
    · Commander Sheryl Tannahill- U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Nashville, TN (Sep 2012)
    · Commander Michael Ward- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Pittsburgh (Aug 2012)
    · Captain Michael Wiegand- U.S. Navy Commander Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (Nov 2012)
    · Captain Ted Williams- U.S. Navy Commander amphibious command ship Mount Whitney (Nov 2012)
    · Commander Jeffrey Wissel- U.S. Navy Commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (Feb 2012)

    Naval Officers fired: (All in 2013):
    · Lieutenant Commander Lauren Allen-Executive Officer submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
    · Reserve Captain Jay Bowman-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Fort Dix, NJ (Mar 2013)
    · Captain William Cogar-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Mercy’s medical treatment facility (Sept 2013)
    · Commander Steve Fuller-Executive Officer frigate Kauffman (Mar 2013)
    · Captain Shawn Hendricks-Program Manager for naval enterprise IT networks (June 2013)
    · Captain David Hunter-U.S. Navy Commander of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 12 & Coastal Riverine Group 2 (Feb 2013)
    · Captain Eric Johnson-U.S. Navy Chief of Military Entrance Processing Command at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL (2013)
    · Captain Devon Jones-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Facility El Centro, CA (July 2013)
    · Captain Kevin Knoop-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Comfort’s medical treatment facility (Aug 2013)
    · Lieutenant Commander Jack O’Neill-U.S. Navy Commander Operational Support Center Rock Island, IL (Mar 2013)
    · Commander Allen Maestas-Executive Officer Beachmaster Unit 1 (May 2013)
    · Commander Luis Molina-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Pasadena (Jan 2013)
    · Commander James Pickens-Executive Officer frigate Gary (Feb 2013)
    · Lieutenant Commander Mark Rice-U.S. Navy Commander Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
    · Commander Michael Runkle-U.S. Navy Commander of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (May 2013)
    · Commander Jason Stapleton-Executive Office Patrol Squadron 4 in Hawaii (Mar 2013)
    · Commander Nathan Sukols-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
    · Lieutenant Daniel Tyler-Executive Officer Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
    · Commander Edward White-U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (Aug 2013)
    · Captain Jeffrey Winter-U.S. Navy Commander of Carrier Air Wing 17 (Sept 2013)
    · Commander Thomas Winter-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Montpelier (Jan 2013)
    · Commander Corey Wofford- U.S. Navy Commander frigate Kauffman (Feb 2013)

    Since Barack Obama has been in the White House, high ranking military officers have been removed from their positions at a rate that is absolutely unprecedented.Things have gotten so bad that a number of retired generals are publicly speaking out about the ‘purg’ of the U.S. military that they believe is taking place. As you will see below, dozens of highly decorated military leaders have been dismissed from their positions over the past few years. So why is this happening? What is going on right now is absolutely crazy especially during a time of peace. Is there a deliberate attempt to reshape the military and remove those who don’t adhere to the proper ‘viewpoints’ ? Does someone out there feel a need to get officers that won’t cooperate out of the way?

    Throughout world history, whatever comes next after a military purge is never good.
    If this continues, what is the U.S. military going to look like in a few years?

    Perhaps you are reading this and you think that ‘purge’ is too strong a word for what is taking place. Well, justconsider the following quotes from some very highly decorated retired officers:

    -Retired Army Major General Paul Vallely:The White House protects their own.That’s why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare.He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.

    -Retired Army Major General Patrick Brady: There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him.
    -Retired Army Lt. General William G. Jerry Boykin:Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause.

    -Retired Navy Captain Joseph John:I believe there are more than 137 officers who have been forced out or given bad evaluation reports so they will never make Flag (officer), because of their failure to comply to certain views.

    A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said even young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job just keep your mouth shut. Now this trend appears to be accelerating.

    General Vallely’s comment:
    Absolutely every communist regime on the planet did this as soon as they got in power. I am surprised this communist traitor with his feet up on our furniture in the white house hasn’t done this until now!

    SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? I am doing my part. How about forwarding this.
    (General Paul Vallely)


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  36. William Dorritt says:

    September 10, 2016
    Obama purged military of those who sought victory
    By Daniel John Sobieski
    Americn Thinker
    It was not hyperbole when GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said that under President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the U.S. military had been “reduced to rubble” and left floundering without a coherent strategy or meaningful capability to win wars. It is a fait accompli, engineered by our commander-in-chief to reduce America’s global footprint, an America he has profusely apologized for, and one he blames for all the world’s ills.

    Almost as soon as he took office, President Obama began a military purge not dissimilar to those routinely conducted by third-world despots, with the goal of eliminating voices that might oppose his withdrawing America from the world stage. As Investor’s Business Daily editorialized:

    We recognize President Obama is the commander-in-chief and that throughout history presidents from Lincoln to Truman have seen fit to remove military commanders they view as inadequate or insubordinate. Turnover in the military ranks is normal, and in these times of sequestration and budget cuts the numbers are expected to tick up as force levels shrink and missions change.

    Yet what has happened to our officer corps since President Obama took office is viewed in many quarters as unprecedented, baffling and even harmful to our national security posture. We have commented on some of the higher profile cases, such as Gen. Carter Ham. He was relieved as head of U.S. Africa Command after only a year and a half because he disagreed with orders not to mount a rescue mission in response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi.

    Rear Adm. Chuck Gaouette, commander of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, was relieved in October 2012 for disobeying orders when he sent his group on Sept. 11 to “assist and provide intelligence for” military forces ordered into action by Gen. Ham.

    Other removals include the sacking of two nuclear commanders in a single week – Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, head of the 20th Air Force, responsible for the three wings that maintain control of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, the No. 2 officer at U.S. Strategic Command.

    From’s Facebook page comes a list of at least 197 officers that have been relieved of duty by President Obama for a laundry list of reasons and sometimes with no reason given.

    Retired four-star general and Fox News analyst Jack Keane, architect of the Iraq surge that produced the victory Obama threw away, recently spoke on Kilmeade and Friends about Obama’s ongoing purge of the military of officers who oppose his isolationist and defeatist policies:

    It’s also a fact that a number of our general officers, not all of them but a number of them, were asked to leave before what would normally be accepted as the routine tenure for that particular position, and General Mattis is a case in point who had very strong views on Iran. Most of us agree with those views but I know the administration did not agree with them. General Flynn, who you know very well and had on your show, was an outspoken proponent for understand radical Islam, how dangerous this particular threat was and was trying to communicate that, he was not able to server out his full tenure. So yes, that’s another fact that we can substantiate, that there were generals who did leave earlier than what their tenure would be and the characteristic they all shared together is they did disagree with the administration on various points.

    General Mattis is an old-school warrior known for his colorful rhetoric and his commitment both to his men and to his mission. He, along with other generals like David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal, did have a problem with Obama’s quest for a substitute for victory in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the New York Post reported:

    Lost in the inaugural hullabaloo was Tuesday’s news that President Obama has relieved Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the colorful and highly decorated Marine who’s been in charge of the crucial US Central Command, which oversees the various wars in the Middle East, since 2010[.] …

    But why? Could it be that, as Obama prepares to cede Afghanistan back to the Taliban, the last thing he needs is an obstreperous general gumming up the surrender?

    For an administration whose relationship with the military is, to put it mildly, fraught with tension, Mattis is yet another wall trophy, to go alongside the heads of Gen. Stanley McChrystal (fired in 2010 as the commander of the US forces in Afghanistan) and David Petraeus, who left CentCom to be buried alive at the CIA (and later resigned over the Paula Broadwell sex scandal).

    Officially, the administration offers a nothing-to-see-here explanation for Mattis’ departure, noting that his tenure in the crucial job was about average for the post.

    Maybe. But politics is at play here as well. The brusque Mattis apparently fell afoul of National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, an Obama apparatchik. Why? Because Mattis says things the Obama team doesn’t want to hear, especially about what might well become the next theater of operations – Iran.

    Retired U.S. Army major general Paul Vallely, also a Fox News analyst, shares the view that President Obama has actively purged the military of “hawks” willing to give him contrary advice:

    Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, notes how the White House fails to take action or investigate its own officials but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.” Vallely thinks he knows why this purge is happening.

    “Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama’s ideology,” Vallely said. “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into Fast and Furious, Benghazi and ObamaCare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”

    As Donald Trump was making his remarks about our depleted and emasculated military, word came that President Obama wants to cut the Army further from its current depleted size of 475,000 to 450,000 by 2018. Obama wants to cut an Army that as it is cannot meet its military readiness requirements, according to retired Army major general Bob Scales, who noted the hypocrisy of President Obama’s tribute to Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg at the 2014 State of the Union address:

    Gen. Bob Scales, a retired U.S. Army major general and former commandant of the U.S. Army War College who is now a military analyst for Fox News, told Greta Van Susteren the day after the State of the Union of the sad state of U.S. military preparedness and expressed a fear it would lead to more Cory Remsburgs.

    “Yeah, it broke my heart,” Scales said. “This great guy, Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, think of this, Greta: 10 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in 10 years. What does that say about the overcommitment of our Army? And here is a president who uses him as an icon for the State of the Union.

    “And yet the very service that he comes from, the Army, has 85% of its brigades not combat-ready. It does not have one single developmental program for a combat system at all. Zero.”

    President Abraham Lincoln kept firing generals until he found the likes of Sherman and Grant, with the will and ability to win. Somehow I don’t think victory anywhere is President Obama’s goal. Donald Trump was right: President Obama has reduced the U.S. military to rubble. And he is about to make the rubble bounce.

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  37. Vince DellaSperanza says:

    I would very much like to see SECDEF file charges against retired ADM McCraven for his disgraceful NYT op ed calling for removal of POTUS. McCraven appears to be in violation of Article 2 of the UCMJ, which extends the jurisdiction of military law to “Retired members of a regular component of the armed forces who are entitled to pay.” “Retirees are subject to the UCMJ and may be tried by court-martial for violations … that occurred … while in a retired status.” Article 88 of the UCMJ criminalizes “contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or the Governor or legislature of any State.” I would think seditious calls for the removal of a duly elected President would qualify for prosecution.

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  38. Sassy says:

    Spencer proved in his resignation letter why he had to go. He was snarky when he stated the need for good order and discipline and then pointed out that he and Trump didn’t agree on that.

    I’m not so sure, after reading how this all supposedly went down, that Esper himself is a hero. He and Gen. Milley went to the WH to dissuade the President from stopping the review board. THEY wanted Trump to bow out and let the proceedings against Gallagher continue.

    In the course of talking to Trump, they learned that Spencer had already talked to Trump, without their knowledge.

    The way I read it, Esper fired Spencer not for refusing Trump’s order, for being insubordinate to Trump, for holding Trump up to ridicule by publicly opposing him while at an international meeting in a foreign country, but instead for apparently being insubordinate TO ESPER, by not getting Esper’s permission first before talking to Trump. Am I wrong?

    Calling for this review board was insubordinate in the first place and a deliberate slam at the President. Spencer as well as Esper and Milley wanted Trump to allow the review to continue, despite Trump’s clear wishes to the contrary. (“Get back to work.”)

    Esper and Milley aimed to talk Trump out of orders he had already publicly given. Is this how it works?

    Are all commanders, after having given orders or clearly demonstrated where they stand and what they want to happen, subject to subordinates (no matter their rank) trying to persuade them to rescind the orders?

    Is President Trump subject to a military “review board” every day, on every order he makes?

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  39. trapper says:

    In his press conference, regarding whether he would recognize PDJT’s tweets, Spencer stated “I would need a formal order to act”

    in response to the next question as to whether he interprets PDJT tweets as formal orders he replied “I do not interpret them [tweets] as a formal order.”

    In answer to a question as to why PDJT is taking a position he replied “I do not interpret what the president does I do what he says.”

    That deliberate and willful obtuseness was alone enough to get him fired. “I would need a formal order.” Utter nonsense. He’s making that up to avoid doing what he doesn’t want to do. This was nothing more than pompous foot dragging.

    Anyone who has learned how to keep a job knows that you spend a good amount of time trying to anticipate what the boss wants and then doing it on your own initiative before he has to tell you, or “order” you.

    This man never needed a formal order for anything. All he needed was the proper desire to do his job. I wouldn’t hire him to mow my grass. “I need written instructions as to whether you want me to edge the sidewalk.” Worse than useless.

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  40. Chilidog says:

    This is amazing. Is there any doubt that had this scheme been successful, that another “whistleblower” would promptly surface.

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    • Sassy says:

      Exactly. My take is that perhaps they were planning to accuse Trump of “colluding” with Spencer against the chain of command, being Esper. It’s already what the media imply.


  41. Sportyclays says:

    Have we simply forgotten about the Fat Leonard scandal taking out 60 admirals under Hussein’s reign? The Navy has adopted an awfully hubristic tone for an institution with a record like that.


  42. ToolsForLiberty says:

    For a very long time. I’ve known the whole of the Federal Regulatory Agencies were infested with agenda driven leftists hell bent on weaponizing the regulatory powers not granted them by us in the constitution. I was born at the dawn of Carter’s Dept. Of Ed. and saw first hand how they co-opted our nations schools and universities converting them into government run indoctrination centers. The wolves planted in the media for controlling the national narrative only recently dropped their sheep’s clothing recently as the dawn of the internet forced them out of hiring. I’ve always taken solace believing that the most powerful and constitutionally appointed defenders of liberty was still intact. I believed all 3 branches of the military services were overwhelmingly led by conservative minded Admirals Generals. Clearly I was mistaken. I vividly remember when Obama cleaned house throughout the highest levels Of leadership throughout the Military, replacing them with weak minded left leaning ideologues. If the militaries leadership has fallen too, the coup is nearly complete. Where do we go from here…? The militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and beat arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED! Is this our final line of defense against the Red Shift in America?

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  43. pocketnuke61 says:

    “Shoot an admiral every once in a while to encourage the others.”
    – Voltaire


  44. According to a Gateway Pundit article Esper and Army Gen. Mark A. Milley ” who had gone to the WH to defend Navy decision and ask that Trident review board be allowed to proceed.” Why were this Army general and the Sec. of Defense going against President Trump’s pardon?

    I’m not military so I don’t necessarily understand the rules and procedures. However if Gallagher is pardoned, why are they trying to punish him in retirement? Are Esper and Milley further parts of the deep state?


    • jello333 says:

      Yeah, but it’s even bigger than that. Milley is not just any general… he’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff!


      • Is he the guy who Gallagher said (interview posted here a few days ago) was trying to manipulate the results in both his trial and this Trident situation?


        • jello333 says:

          No I don’t think so. Not sure I’ve heard Milley mentioned as being involved in any of this. But if he is, it’s a big deal, since his position makes him officially “the nation’s highest-ranking military officer.” He’s basically MacArthur, Patton, Ike, Bradley level (minus the “war-time” part of course).


  45. Ozium says:

    Trump is need of a consigliere who is trustworthy. Corey was probably the best, but some of these picks should never have made it past the early discussion stage. Rosenstein, Tillerson, McMaster, Bolten, Spencer, Hill, Coats, Kelly, and Wray have all hindered the current administration and I am leaving a bunch off because the jury is still out. There is no similar list of usurpers that any former administration has had to deal with in my memory. Most get the privilege of hiring folks support of their agenda..

    Think of the wasted time and resources in hiring swampy deep staters? You have to root them out and then root out all their implanted underlings. See McMaster and the house cleaning of Flynn’s people, and then he brings Ciaramella. All of this wastes time, impedes Trumps agenda, and in many cases they are actively attempting to remove him from office.

    It is astonishing home much he has been able to get done in spite of never ending bullshit.


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