06 November 2012

Since This May Be Irrelevant in a Few Hours

This is PressTV, the Iranian goverment's English language TV channel, and the author is Gordon Duff, who his controversial to say the least, but his allegation that the recent relieving of a significant number of military officers was because of a coup plot:
The Obama administration has had American military, both on domestic and foreign bases on high alert since October 1. However, there has been no known terrorist enemy threatening the US. The enemy is called “domestic” but its origins are far from American.

Today, Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette was “fired” from his command of one of the three carrier battle groups back to Bremerton, Washington to face an investigation.

It is impossible to adequately state how unusual this is and how serious.

The Navy was clear that the charges had nothing to do with his personal conduct, no rape or sexual misconduct, no stolen money, no drug use, the things that usually bring down careers in the Navy, that and crashing ships into each other.

Gaouette was sent back because the Secretary of Defense found him unfit for command, sent him across the world in the middle of one of the largest combat exercises in history, one both timed prior to an election and one at a critical location, near the Straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

Gaouette commanded nearly one third of the Naval and air combat forces in the region.

The decision was made based on a conversation with the Secretary of Defense who, at the end of the talk, believed Gaouette was part of a group of military officers who have been under suspicion for planning a “Seven Days in May” type overthrow of the US government if President Obama is re-elected.
Official sources list this as allegations of inappropriate judgement.

I don't know what sort of "inappropriate judgement" would have the admiral in charge of the 2 carrier task force relieved and flown off his ship while at sea in the Persian Gulf.

I would note that the right wing "black helicopter" theory, that he was fired because he was forbidden to conduct an air strike in Libya.  But at the time his ship, the Stennis, was not in the Gulf, it was in the Western Pacific, well outside of any carrier based aircraft's range.

Additionally, we have, "Cmdr. Joseph E. Darlak and top officers of the San Diego-based Navy frigate USS Vandegrift" been relieved for "alcohol issues" during a port call in Vladivostok.

You mean that sailors on leave in Vladivostok would drink on liberty in Russia?

This is weird.


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