In recent months, we have seen the President sack the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Navy and other top military officials. President Trump was elected to the highest office in the land to drain the swamp.
What does that mean? I believe it means that some people who are in high positions in Washington are so entrenched in their power and fortune that they no longer have the best interest of the nation in their hearts. The most important part of life to these people is title. Second to title is money. When you add title and money together, that is what is considered power in this country. And in a capitalist country such as ours, a kid from the Bronx or a barefoot cabin in Louisiana can make it to the top. All it takes is hard work and dedication. Perseverance. The beauty of this country is that anyone can succeed. Anyone can rise to the top and lead this nation. That includes the men and women who lead the Armed Forces of the United States.
They are an elite group. There are only a dozen four-star generals allowed in the Army at any one time. All the services have limits. Regardless of their background and how they rose to that position, once there are stars pinned on their uniforms, they are American Royalty. But do they deserve that status?
The senior military officers and leaders of today are not George S. Patton. Today’s Generals and Admirals are of such a decidedly low character that, in 2016, the Secretary of Defense created the Office of the Senior Advisor for Military Professionalism.
Commanded by a female two-star admiral, the office found hundreds of cases of senior military officer misconduct; most of them involved sex scandals, with half of them involving ethical lapses.
In 2018, this office was closed down. I believe the Pentagon closed this office because they were digging up too much dirt. Below are just a few of these highest-ranking officers’ misconduct.
Army Major General David Haight was demoted and forced to retire as a Lieutenant Colonel after the Army found out he had been in an l l-year affair, which featured trysts at sex clubs around the country. Brigadier General Michael Bobeck was fired for having an affair with several subordinates and other women and was involved in several nefarious financial entanglements. Meanwhile, Major General Joseph Harrington and Major General Wayne Grigsby were both fired for similar offenses. Adultery is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and many, many junior officers and enlisted men are charged and convicted of adultery. There is a double standard.
Air Force General Arthur Lichte was demoted two stars when the Air Force found out he coerced a subordinate to have sex with him. The Navy has plenty of its own rotten senior officers as well. This is a disease that is eating up the senior officer corps of every military service. These flag officers are those responsible for administering military law and should not be above it. These men should be held to the same standard they administer. Our troops deserve better!
There are many of us in the military community who believe these senior leaders are in a class of their own. They are American nobility. According to Don Christensen, a former top prosecutor for the Air Force, these senior officers have become “a class apart with its own rules and little accountability.”
Perhaps the most disturbing part of each and every story is that these men are let off the hook.
While the nation is distracted by the impeachment nonsense, the very men who are entrusted with putting out the fire of sexual assault are the people who are committing the most heinous acts.
Congress must act to reform the UCMJ and make all members of the military accountable. These Generals and Admirals belong in prison.
Incredibly, in the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth, my home for six years, there are no prisoners who once held flag officer rank. All are Lieutenant Colonel/Commander and below. President Trump is right to drain the swamp, and those swamp creatures in the Pentagon will fight back, of course, like Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman.
We need to support this President⏤he is a much-needed check-and-balance to bloated and corrupt military bureaucracy!