Navy Will Dump Beloved Capt. Crozier After All

From The American Conservative:

Maybe the Navy was just buying time or maybe they got more information, but according to reports the service is not going to reinstate Capt. Brett Crozier to his command of the USS Roosevelt.

It also looks like, in order to take politics out of the picture, the Navy is blaming Crozier and his Admiral Stuart Baker, whose promotion is now on hold, for bad leadership and for not following COVID guidelines – and not for Crozier’s controversial April email pleading for help, which got him in trouble (and made him a hero) in the first place. This is a new twist.

From a press briefing by the investigating officers Adm. Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations and Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite on Friday:

“While I previously believed Captain Crozier should be reinstated, following his relief in April, after conducting an initial investigation, the much broader, deeper investigation that we conducted in the weeks following that had a much deeper scope,”(Gilday) said.

Both Gilday and Braithwaite said the Navy failed to investigate the matter properly during its preliminary review. More:

The deeper investigation concluded that Crozier and the Strike Group Commander, Rear Adm. Stuart Baker, “did not do enough, soon enough to fulfill their primary obligation … and they did not effectively carry out our guidelines for events spread of the virus,” according to Gilday.

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‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Rips Into Trump’s Photo Op and Troop Deployment Threat

From The American Conservative:

President Trump’s former Secretary of Defense James Mattis has taken umbrage with the current Secretary of Defense’s use of the term “battlespace” referring to a federal security crackdown to recent protest-inspired violence on U.S. city streets. And that’s not all.

“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens – much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”

He referred to reports yesterday that peaceful protesters around the White House – as well as media and Episcopal clergywere forcibly removed with pepper balls, flash bangs and the aggressive use of plastic shields from the area to make way for the president’s photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. The county government of nearby Arlington, Virginia, was so incensed by the spectacle that they removed all of their police officers from the city by 8 p.m. that night.

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General Milley Checks on His Troops… On the Streets of D.C.

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

There is nothing more cringe than a political photo op, but when the President of the United States sends his Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff out onto the streets during political protests it becomes a bit unnerving, too.

The stagecraft started Monday afternoon with the president leaving the White House grounds with the two aforementioned cabinet officials, along with Attorney General Bob Barr, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and assorted White House staff, to the historic St. John’s Church, where he held up a bible. Demonstrators had set fire to the church and the basement had sustained damage the night before.

In order to clear the way for this sojourn, police had used teargas and batons on the largely peaceful protesters outside the White House in the late Monday afternoon sun.

He finished the evening by addressing the nation, announcing he would be deploying federal troops “to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property,” he said. “We will end it now.” He said the military would exert “total domination” over the situation. Again, flash bangs could be heard and smell of tear gas in the air as protesters were dispersed just before the D.C. curfew.

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Israel Wanted Soleimani Dead, Too

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

If there is one country for which the Thursday assassination of Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani was not a lamentable moment, it is Israel. According to reporting right after the popular Iranian military leader was killed by U.S. airstrikes, Soleimani had been planning attacks on Israel, including the movement of “killer drones” to the Golan Heights, as recently as August, “and a thwarted attempt to use them.”

According to Friday’s Jerusalem Post, Israel has charged him with funding, coaching and training “Shi’ite operatives who were supposed to carry out the drone attack on August 22.” Israel responded, according to reporting at the time, by killing two Hezbollah fighters who were working on the drone.

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Revenge? Military Industrial Complex Sponsors Eisenhower Ornament

Originally appeared at The American Conservative.

The military industrial complex gets its revenge – it small ways and big – against President Dwight Eisenhower, who not only named it but warned against it’s proliferation during his farewell address in 1961:

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

Yet here we are in 2019 and this year’s Official White House Christmas Ornament is sponsored by none other than defense industry gigantor Lockheed Martin – and not only that, it is in Eisenhower’s honor. Sure, the presentation seems like benign enough – Sikorsky, owned by Lockheed for a whopping four years, has been building Marine One since Eisenhower was the first to fly in a presidential helicopter in 1957. But really, what are we celebrating here? The homespun historical note seems designed frankly, to justify Lockheed’s sponsorship, rather than the other way around.

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Court: FBI Must Destroy Memos Calling Antiwar.com a Threat

In a major victory for Antiwar.com, free speech and journalism, a federal appeals court has ruled that the FBI must expunge surveillance memos that agents had drafted about the website’s co-founders Eric Garris and Justin Raimondo in the early years following the 9/11 attacks.

“It’s been a long fight and I’m glad we had an outcome that could might affect future FBI behavior,” said Garris, who runs Antiwar.com, based in the San Francisco Bay area. “I just wish Justin was still here to know that this has happened.”

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