NAVY VICE-ADMIRAL JOE SESTAK
THE PLANK" ONE DAY AFTER NEW CNO,
ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN, TAKES OVER
NO-NONSENSE TOP BOSS
BOUNCES VERN CLARK "CRONY" - MORE
BRASS MAY BE "ON THE WAY OUT" - WILL
RELIEVED-OF-COMMAND CAPT. RUTH COOPER
GET THE AXE NOW THAT PROTECTOR CLARK IS GONE? MULLEN OFF TO GREAT
MORALE MUCH IMPROVED
HAS POTENTIAL TO BE ONE OF BEST CNO'S EVER
took the new Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mike Mullen, less than
24 hours to dump one of the most disliked officers among the Navy's
top brass. Vice-Admiral Joe Sestak, an arrogant and obnoxious
"bully-boy," who delighted in being rude and unreasonable
and getting away with it, found he was expendable the minute his mentor
went out the door.
Rumsfeld "yes-man" and weaselly politician Vern Clark will
not be missed by many Navy personnel. In fact, hopeful messages
are flooding the office of MilitaryCorruption.com that "maybe,
somehow," the Navy has finally gotten a CNO who will "put
sailors first" and correct the many mistakes of his predecessor.
It was Clark, a leftover from the Clinton Administration, who promoted
Sestak to his third-star and made him deputy chief of naval operations
for Warfare Requirements and Programs. Those who dared to complain about
Sestak's abusive "management style" were ignored or punished.
By sacking a previously untouchable top-ranking admiral, Mullen has
fired a shot across the bow to others like Sestak that their days are
All this can only improve morale. We "salute" CNO Mullen
for having the courage to do the right thing. It would have been
much easier to leave an out-of-control martinet like Sestak in place
and not rattle any cages.
RUTH COOPER SHOULD BE NEXT ONE TO GO
This web site is read daily at the Pentagon by both admirers (we
have some of our best CI's there) as well as those who wish they could
suspend the Constitution and shut us down for telling the unvarnished
truth. We know the new CNO will see this article, so we publicly
appeal to him as follows.
Admiral Mullen, you are off to a great start! You have the potential
to be one of the best CNO's in the history of the Navy. Thank
you for exhibiting swift, decisive leadership in dealing with Sestak
(and hopefully others of his ilk).
Now we ask you to carefully read our earlier article (see "related
stories" box below) that exposed the shameful record of relieved-of-command
Capt. Ruth Cooper, who - until now - had been protected by Clark and
given a hard-to-define "job" on his staff at the Pentagon.
Why is this individual still sucking up 0-6 pay with all the bennies?
Why wasn't she made to retire? This person should have gone "out
the back door" two years ago, when Rear Admiral Joseph Welsh fired
her because he had "lost confidence" in her ability to command.
Cooper's documented excesses while boss at Naval Station Newport and
her cruel and calculated harassment and retaliation on respected Navy
CPO Joe Sweeney should no longer be rewarded or condoned.
We urge you to give Cooper her "walking papers," effective