AND GOOD RIDDANCE - GEN PACE GETS
Congratulations to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates for disposing of another one of Donald Rumsfeld's "yes men," the obsequious Marine Gen. Peter Pace. CNO Mike Mullen gets the nod to replace Pace as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The "housecleaning" continues.
We have always said we respect Pace for his Vietnam service, but he miserably failed as top dog at the Pentagon under the new SecDef. He had the stench of failed policy on Iraq clinging to him from the start, and his total inaction on the continuing obscenity of forced anthrax shots and his personal statements on "gays in the military," which he quickly was told to apologize for, sealed his doom.
Can troubled Gen. David Huntoon at Carlisle Barracks and Col. Mike "NO COMBAT" Colpo, the chairBORNE Ranger and chief-of-staff at West Point be far behind? Maybe they will be shown the door as well.
A "FACE-SAVING GESTURE" AT THE END
Yes, we know Secretary Gates made a face-saving gesture of "wishing" he didn't have to replace Pace, claiming putting him in for a second term as Chief would result in "divisive" Senate confirmation hearings. That's OK. But the main thing is, we needed a change. And we got it. Thank you.
Let's hope Admiral Mullen can deliver. We are eager to see who the new CNO will be. First order of business is to do something about the female faculty member at Annapolis, a lieutenant commander, who - we are told - had a sideline as a prostitute for the infamous "D.C. Madam." If a male officer had been moonlighting as a "call-boy" and worked at the Naval Academy, somehow we think he would already be up for court-martial. Why the double-standard? Can you spell P-C?
When a sleazy and very highly-placed politician's name turned up on the client list, even ABC NEWS backed off and the silence was (and is) deafening. MilitaryCorruption.com has always been in favor of equality among the sexes in the military. Equal pay, equal job opportunity, equal punishment if they screw up.
So how about some equal justice in this case? We will be watching.
It's about time the Navy did something about the mess at Annapolis. Admiral Mullen and his replacement as CNO, please take note.