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  • Military ‘Extremism’ Purge May Lead to Communism: Former Navy Lt. Commander

    02/07/2021 9:44:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | February 6, 2021 | Grace Coulter and Gary Du
    Former U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Steven Rogers said on Thursday that an order by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for the military to stand down to address “extremism” is unprecedented, unnecessary, and a dangerous road that leads to “communist China.” “This to me, dangerous, it looks like a political litmus test, and it’s a road that you would only find in communist China or in the former Soviet Union,” former Lieutenant Commander Rogers told NTD. Austin ordered a DOD-wide stand down to address extremism in the ranks on Wednesday. Rogers said that the United States military has been a role...
  • Defense secretary orders military-wide stand down to combat extremism

    02/04/2021 9:11:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 82 replies
    UPI ^ | FEB. 4, 2021 / 3:34 AM | By Darryl Coote
    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin attends a congressional tribute on Wednesday to the late Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick who died from injuries sustain protecting the Capitol building from a mob breaching the facility on Jan. 6. Pool Photo by Erin Schaff/UPI | ============================================================== Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said he has ordered a military-wide stand down over the next 60 days to deal with extremism in the military's ranks after active and former military personnel participated in the mob that stormed the Capitol building last month. "Today, I met with senior leaders to discuss extremism in...
  • Austin Orders Military Stand Down to Address Challenge of Extremism in the Ranks (DOD release)

    02/03/2021 4:30:45 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 157 replies
    Department of Defense ^ | JIM GARAMONE, DOD NEWS
    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has ordered a DOD-wide stand down to discuss the problem of extremism in the ranks, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said today. Austin and Army Gen. Mark A, Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with service civilian leaders and service chiefs to discuss the problem of extremism. Kirby noted that some of the extremists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 were active duty service members and others were military veterans. Kirby was quick to say that "the vast majority of men and women who serve in...
  • Pentagon Orders ‘Stand-Down’ to Address Extremism in the Ranks (next 60 days)

    02/03/2021 3:26:16 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 157 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 3 | Paul D. Shinkman
    DEFENSE SECRETARY LLYOD Austin on Wednesday ordered a military-wide "stand down" to address the kind of extremism within the ranks that was thrust into the public view on Jan. 6 when supporters of President Donald Trump – including some active-duty war veterans – forcefully stormed the U.S. Capitol. The dearth of details about the stand-down highlights the apparent lack of understanding overall on the issue of extremism among military leaders. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby on Wednesday afternoon told reporters that commanders would have 60 days to schedule events for "needed discussions" about extremism.
  • Scoop: Pentagon halts Biden transition briefings

    12/18/2020 7:31:18 AM PST · by Golden Eagle · 12 replies
    Axios ^ | December 18, 2020 | Mike Allen, Jonathan Swan
    Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller ordered a Pentagon-wide halt to cooperation with the transition of President-elect Biden, shocking officials across the Defense Department, senior administration officials tell Axios. Behind the scenes: A top Biden official was unaware of the directive. Administration officials left open the possibility cooperation would resume after a holiday pause. The officials were unsure what prompted Miller's action, or whether President Trump approved. Why it matters: Miller's move, which stunned officials throughout the Pentagon, was the biggest eruption yet of animus and mistrust toward the Biden team from the top level of the Trump administration. What happened:...
  • Executive Order on Providing an Order of Succession within the Department of Defense

    12/10/2020 4:51:08 PM PST · by ransomnote · 40 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | December 10, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, as amended, 5 U.S.C. 3345 et seq., it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1. Order of Succession. (a) Subject to the provisions of section 2 of this order, the following officials of the Department of Defense, in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the office of the Secretary of Defense (Secretary) during any period in which the Secretary has died, resigned, or otherwise become unable...
  • Words Fail Me To Describe The Profundity Of This News: How Trump Will Win — And I Think I Know Who ‘Q’ Is

    11/28/2020 5:18:01 PM PST · by dynachrome · 65 replies
    Humansarefree ^ | 11-27-20 | HAF
    Legendary Special Forces (Green Beret) hero, Christopher C. Miller, has been appointed Acting Secretary of The Department of Defense by the President, following the sacking of Mark Esper. I just watched the ceremony and announcement of this momentous move on the Hallowed Grounds of Ft. Bragg in my home state of North Carolina, where monuments to Special Forces heroes past, stand in remembrance. But the jaw-dropping moment for me, was just before Special Forces Legend, Chris Miller’s speech, when the young man introducing him came to the podium. Without getting too deep in the weeds as they say, this brilliant...
  • Duckworth vows to block over 1,000 military confirmations until Pentagon proves Vindman will be promoted

    07/02/2020 2:26:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 106 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2020 | Louis Casiano
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., on Thursday announced her intention to block Senate confirmations for 1,123 senior U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirms he will not block the "expected and deserved" promotion of Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. Vindman, an Iraq War veteran, served on the White House National Security Council and was thrust into the limelight last year when he testified about President Trump's July 2019 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that became the heart of a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. Vindman said he listened to the call and filed a whistleblower complaint over concerns...
  • FLASHBACK: Barack Obama Was Blasted by Not One, but Three of His Former Secretaries of Defense

    06/05/2020 8:47:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/05/2020 | Matt Margolis
    I cringed after Donald Trump started trashing James Mattis following his resignation as Secretary of Defense. Mattis’s departure was reportedly connected to Trump’s announced withdrawal from Syria, which Mattis opposed. In response to Mattis’s departure, rather than praise him for his service and acknowledge the tremendous progress they’d made together cleaning up the mess left by Obama, Trump trashed Mattis as “the world’s most overrated general.” Mattis wasn’t the only person Trump kicked out the door with a litany of attacks. He lambasted former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as “dumb as a rock,” and described his former chief of...
  • Trump defense chief: US not seeking war with Iran but prepared to 'finish one'

    01/07/2020 1:21:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 7, 2020 | Ellen Mitchell
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday said that the United States is not looking to start a war with Iran but is “prepared to finish one.” “The United States is not seeking a war with Iran but we are prepared to finish one. We are seeking a diplomatic solution, but first this will require Iran to deescalate, it will require the regime to come to the table with the goal of preventing further bloodshed,” Esper told reporters at the Pentagon. “We are open to having this discussion with them but we are just as prepared to deliver a forceful response...
  • Defense Secretary Esper's chief of staff resigns

    01/06/2020 2:05:27 PM PST · by conservativepoet · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/6/2020 | Ronn Blitzer
    <p>Eric Chewning, the chief of staff to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, is resigning and will be leaving his post at the end of January, the Defense Department announced Monday.</p> <p>Chewning has been in his role since January 2019, after starting with the Department in October 2017 as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy. He now plans on returning to the private sector, according to Pentagon press secretary Alyssa Farah.</p>
  • Severe Response: Defense Secretary Puts Iran on Further Notice

    01/02/2020 2:26:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 2, 2020 | Katie Pavlich
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper put Iran and its militia groups operating in Iraq on further notice Thursday morning, warning that further violence and attacks against the United States will be dealt with accordingly. "If anybody challenges us, they will be met with a severe response, a strong response by U.S. forces," Esper said during an interview with Fox News. "I'm not going to telegraph what we're going to do but people know that we have vast capability to do any number of things. We will act in response to actions by Iran or its proxies and we will act to...
  • Steve Hilton: Gen. James Mattis goes from defending America to selling out America

    09/09/2019 8:21:55 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 86 replies
    foox ^ | 09/09/19 | Steve Hilton
    Over the last week or so, Gen. James Mattis has been running around hawking his new book, but it was revealed on Sunday that he's planning to cash in on his government service in a much more swampy way.
  • Mark Esper Confirmed As Defense Secretary

    07/23/2019 2:05:51 PM PDT · by Steve1999 · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07-23-19 | HENRY RODGERS
    The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm former defense industry lobbyist Mark Esper as secretary of defense after months without a permanent replacement. The confirmation vote was 90-8 and he will be sworn in by the end of the day, ending the time without a permanent leader, as Esper was formally working as the acting Defense Secretary. Esper will replace former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who retired at the end of February after two years on the job.
  • Trump picks acting Pentagon chief Shanahan to become next secretary of Defense

    05/09/2019 2:24:02 PM PDT · by Innovative · 11 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 9, 2019 | Amanda Macias
    President Donald Trump plans to nominate acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to formally take over the top spot at the Pentagon, the president's spokeswoman said Thursday. Shanahan, a former longtime executive at the aerospace giant Boeing, needs Senate confirmation for the post most recently held by James Mattis. "Acting Secretary Shanahan has proven over the last several months that he is beyond qualified to lead the Department of Defense, and he will continue to do an excellent job," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote on Twitter.
  • New acting Defense secretary on first day: I look forward to carrying out Trump's vision at Pentagon

    01/01/2019 6:31:24 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/01/19 | Ellen Mitchell
    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan started his first day on the job Tuesday with a welcome memo that asserted the Pentagon “remains focused on safeguarding our nation” under the direction of President Trump. “As acting secretary of defense, I now look forward to working with President Trump to carry out his vision alongside strong leaders including the service secretaries, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the combatant commanders, and senior personnel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense,” Shanahan wrote. “The Department of Defense continues to be one of our nation’s bedrock institutions. Our foundational strength lies in the remarkable...
  • James Mattis to depart Pentagon by January 1; [Title shortened for length]

    12/23/2018 9:03:36 AM PST · by gwjack · 91 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | December 23, 2018 | Javier E. David
    President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that Defense Secretary James Mattis will depart the Pentagon by January 1, a date earlier than anticipated, and will appoint Patrick Shanahan as acting Secretary. The president’s announcement, made via Twitter, comes days after Mattis stunned Washington by announcing his resignation, prompted by what the former marine said were policy differences with Trump. Shanahan is the Pentagon’s number 2 official.
  • Trump tweets Mattis is Retiring in February

    12/20/2018 2:32:40 PM PST · by Mariner · 52 replies
    Twitter ^ | December 20th, 2018 | Donald Trump
    General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my Administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years. During Jim’s tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting....
  • 108 House Democrats tell Jim Mattis troops should not be sent to the border

    11/02/2018 2:41:49 AM PDT · by kevcol · 68 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 1, 2018 | Anna Giaritelli
    More than 100 House Democrats told Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday he should not send additional military personnel to the U.S.-Mexico border. A handful of ranking members from related House committees and 104 rank-and-file Democratic lawmakers sent the top Pentagon official a letter Thursday to say, first and foremost, they do not approve of the operation
  • Has The Legal Authority Of The United Nations Surpassed That Of The United States Congress?

    09/23/2017 7:22:30 AM PDT · by davikkm · 6 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    In March of 2012, Senator Jeff Sessions had a shocking exchange with Leon Panetta, Obama’s CIA Director. In the exchange caught on video, you can see General Kelly, the current White House Chief of Staff, sitting smugly behind Panetta. I find it very revealing that Kelly is present at this controversial time during the Obama administration, and now he is guarding President Donald Trump as White House Chief of Staff. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s declaration before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the President should not consult the Congress but look to the globalist power of NATO and the...