By Robert Willmann
Administrator Joe Biden is terminating the appointments of some members of the advisory boards to the U.S. military academies by a letter dated September 8, 2021–
“On behalf of President Biden, I am writing to request your resignation as a Member of the Board of Visitors to the U.S. Naval Academy. Please submit your resignation to me by the close of business today. Should we not receive your resignation, your position with the Board will be terminated effective 6:00 p.m. tonight. Thank you.” [Signed by Catherine M. Russell, director of White House Personnel.]
In the Air Force Times article–
“The dismissed officials from the West Point board are former Trump National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster; former Army Vice Chief Gen. Jack Keane; former Pentagon senior adviser Douglas Macgregor; former U.S. Army North commander Guy Swan III; and West Point grad David Urban, who Trump named chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission.
“…. Along with Spicer, at least two other Navy board members have also been asked for their resignation: former White House budget director Russ Vought and lawyer John Coale, who is married to former Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.
“The Air Force Academy board members include former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway and Heidi Stirrup, an aide to former Trump adviser Stephen Miller”.
The only realistic rationale is a purge of the totalitarian variety.
He didn’t do it. It’s a move by his handlers to silence all criticism that they fully deserve for setting back the military a decade. There is nothing left to recruit with. They are trying to get people out of retirement to fill in the holes but it has failed. They have no plan to fix the problem other than to fix people discussing it.
“There is nothing left to recruit with.” At the service academies there is free education with a salary.
There are plenty of BLM/Antifa cadres who could be enticed to join for the free ride and ability to ‘stick it to the man’ from inside.
Colonel Lang should be on the advisory board at West Point.
Jack Keane is a promoter of forever wars. And he wants to give nukes to the Saudis. What could possibly go wrong with that – snark! No way Keane should be anywhere near the Point.
BTW – today is the 20th anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud’s assassination. The Taliban celebrated it by defacing his grave.
This is an advisory board. Some other colleges have an executive board. Not worth my time, an empty honor but thanks.
The Bolsheviks opened the prisons when they took power, and unleashed the murders, and rapists on their enemies, and ordinary Russians.
Regrettably, I don’t think Biden will have any trouble finding people to enforce their agenda. They will find people to fill the ranks, and attend the academies.
Don’t forget Biden’s very first or second Executive Order on his very first day in the Oval Office was to fire the Trump appointed chief counsel on the NLRB and put in his own pro union crony.
Again, long standing tradition allowed the current appointee the remainder of his term, but not this time either – He would also not quit, so Biden fired him and SEIU did high fives in the Rose Garden. And NLRB returned to its pro-union corrupt ways. That was job one for Biden on Day One.
So this move has precedence, though one wonders who exactly was making up this naughty and nice list behind the scenes.
Was it the Obama leftover mean girl gang of Samatha Powers/Susan Rice that were just plain mad after they caused the Afghan departure disaster?
No ….Obama Bin Biden wont have any trouble finding people to Enforce..”Thier Agenda..”..Its obvious that who ever Controls and Plans Mr Bidens Policys. And Daily Activitys..Like what He CAN and CANNOT Say…Those ENFORCERS…,Do NOT Like The Historical United States..Or Its Constitution…and Have Their Own..Manifesto..It was Interesting That After the Surrender of Afghanistan by Mr Bidens Cartel…The Only Thing I Heard about His VP..Is that she was running around Asia..Trying to Find a Communist Flag to Stand in Front of…For a Photo Op..(Her Celebration,,)
Hmmm, some of these people are political appointees tied to a former President who was controversial.
However, Douglas Macgregor is the guy who wrote Breaking the Phalanx which provided the theoretical underpinnings of the modern Brigade Combat Team. Macgregor, apparently a glutton for punishment, attended VMI and graduated from the USMA.
H.R. McMaster is a highly regarded combat-leader and admired author. He was a key figure in the “Revolt of the Colonels” that stabilized the campaign in Iraq starting in 2006 just before the Surge. He is a USMA alumnus.
GEN (R) Jack Keane is a Fordham graduate. He is not an uncontroversial figure given his overt ties to the republican Party and the fact that he has almost been more influential in retirement than he was on active duty. However, that very influence is undeniable.
Asking for these particular men’s resignations is more of a sign this move was political than asking for, as an example, Sean Spicer’s.
Like them or not, these men were thought leaders in (and outside) the Army and have demonstrated their concern for the Army and the USMA.