General Martin Dempsey, the 18th and current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been advising the president in what appears to be a disastrous foreign policy.
In an interview with Fox News anchor Martha McCallum, Sen. McCain called General Dempsey the “most disappointing” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the many he has seen.
Dempsey may support the plan to withdraw completely from Afghanistan, McCain said in disgust.
“He has basically been the echo chamber for the President.”
McCain said the reason we are in the position we are in today is because of “his lack of knowledge or his lack of candor about the situation in the Middle East and it has done great damage and all I can say is he only has eight more months.”
In August of last year, during a press conference at the Pentagon, General Dempsey said it was possible to contain ISIS.
The Long War Journal pointed out that the top general should probably not advocate a policy of containment.
Keep in mind that top Obama administration officials have described the Islamic State as “a cancer” (President Barack Obama), “evil” (Secretary of State John Kerry), “an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else” (Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel), and “as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen… They’re beyond just a terrorist group …. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess …. They are tremendously well-funded” (Hagel).
Dempsey himself described the ISIS threat as “an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated.”
At the end of October last year, Dempsey said, “We have a crisis in Iraq, Mr. President, according to a senior Pentagon official who spoke with Politico on condition of anonymity. Dempsey said the crisis demanded “immediate attention”.
But then in mid-November, Dempsey visited U.S. troops in Baghdad and told them that ISIS is merely “a bunch of midgets with a really radical ideology.” He added that it would take several years to stop them. That’s a long time to stop “a bunch of midgets” (Barack Obama’s JV team).
Last September while traveling to meet his French counterpart, Dempsey said that half of Iraq’s army is incapable of fighting ISIS and the remaining brigades were too heavily populated with Shiites.
The next day he said the solution must be with a united Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite government. He also said that we would rely on training Iraqi troops.
Remarkably, at a Senate hearing in Washington on March 11, General Dempsey said Iraqi forces – mostly comprised of Iranian troops – is “in the main” a “positive thing” in countering ISIL (ISIS). He expressed concern about the possible “atrocities and retribution” that might follow.
The offensive to retake Tikrit from ISIS is dominated by more than 20,000 Shia militia forces.It is well known that the Shiites have been committing atrocities against the Sunnis. There is no reason to believe they will suddenly stop.
The Iranian-trained fighters, aka the Popular Mobilization Forces, outnumber the 3,000, Iraqi Security Force soldiers and 1,000 Sunni tribal fighters who have joined them in the fight to take Tikrit, Dempsey said.
Unbelievably, on March 7th, Dempsey said he saw no evidence that the Iranian military is actually doing any of the fighting.
General Dempsey’s politicization of the Pentagon and parroting of President Obama’s policies have been consistent.
In August, before the 2012 election, Dempsey told Fox News that “If someone uses the uniform, whatever uniform, for partisan politics, I am disappointed because I think it does erode that bond of trust we have with the American people.”
That statement was in of itself a partisan statement meant to deflect attention away from Barack Obama in the runup to the election. The people he directed his criticism at were former CIA officials, Navy SEALs, and others who criticized President Obama for taking too much credit for ending Osama bin Laden’s terror campaign and for leaking secrets about this operation for his own self-glorification.
General Dempsey has had a consistent record of failure.
When General Dempsey was questioned by Senator McCain about his lack of action in protecting the Banghazi consulate, he said he knew that the consulate was in danger and he knew Ambassador Stevens wanted more security (through Gen. Ham) but he didn’t do anything because he never received a request. He was also busy with concerns about other problems in the region, he explained in way of an excuse.
During the Benghazi attack, both Panetta and Dempsey were briefed by General Ham. Panetta deployed two special operations teams (one in the US and one in Europe) 10 hours after the crisis ended. General Dempsey said there were no combat aircraft available in time to send help. It also took them hours to inform the president.
The teams weren’t deployed until 10 hours after the crisis ended but Dempsey didn’t have time?
In August last year, Dempsey said that he would recommend against American airstrikes on ISIS in Syria because there is no evidence that ISIS is involved in “active plotting against the homeland” or Europe.
“I can tell you with great clarity and certainty that if that threat existed inside Syria that it would certainly be my strong recommendation that we would deal with it.”
We now know from FBI Director Jim Comey that ISIS threats are being investigated in all 50 states.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday in mid-January,” Gen. Dempsey answered questions about micromanagement.
“If you’re asking me if I’m being micromanaged, I don’t know. I better go check with the White House before I answer that question,” he said, adding that he believes the Pentagon’s relationship with the White House should be measured on whether he has access to the president and whether top administration officials listen to what he has to say.
Big government results in the politicization of all executive agencies. Instead of acting independently, agencies respond to the whims and ideologically-motivated demands of the executive. They protect the executive at the expense of transparency and fidelity to the general public. Their first duty becomes allegiance to the president instead of to the people. They are unelected bureaucrats that have little or no accountability to the people.
This appears to be playing out in the Pentagon and in the performance of the Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. Ultimately, he’s been wrong or confused on most issues.
Only eight more months of this but who will be appointed next? It’s not likely we will get anyone better.