UPDATE 2/15/13: ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST FEBRUARY 15, 2013
From The BLAZE: United States Marine Corps Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis was notified that he was being replaced as commander of U.S. Central Command not by a phone call from Washington, but by a note passed to him by an aide, according to >Foreign Policy’s< Thomas E. Ricks.
ISRAEL IS AT WAR, IRAN’S NUCLEAR, N.KOREA IS NUTS, THE MIDDLE EAST IS ON FIRE, THE EU IS DISSOLVING, AMERICAN TROOPS ARE DEPLOYED ALL OVER THE GLOBE and 4 STAR GENERALS DROPPING LIKE FLIES
Huh? Is it just me or are we all wondering at the rash of dismissed, demoted, disgraced, and fired Four Star Generals in a very short span of time, and still counting……
this just in….FEBRUARY 2013 ~ US Marine Corps 4 Star Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis
4 Star General David Petraeus
4 Star General William ‘Kip’ Ward
4 Star General John Allen
If the USA ends up with no 4 Star Generals, who leads the charge. Well, this from the law.onecle.com (no idea who they are, found on Internet) summarizing the Constitution was an interesting & seemingly authoritative read:
The President as Commander of the Armed Forces
While the President customarily delegates supreme command of the forces in active service, there is no constitutional reason why he should do so, and he has been known to resolve personally important questions of military policy. Lincoln early in 1862 issued orders for a general advance in the hopes of stimulating McClellan to action; Wilson in 1918 settled the question of an independent American command on the Western Front; Truman in 1945 ordered that the bomb be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.183 As against an enemy in the field, the President possesses all the powers which are accorded by international law to any supreme commander. “He may invade the hostile country, and subject it to the sovereignty and authority of the United States.”184 In the absence of attempts by Congress to limit his power, he may establish and prescribe the jurisdiction and procedure of military commissions, and of tribunals in the nature of such commissions, in territory occupied by Armed Forces of the United States, and his authority to do this sometimes survives cessation of hostilities.185 He may employ secret agents to enter the enemy’s lines and obtain information as to its strength, resources, and movements.186 He may, at least with the assent of Congress, authorize commercial intercourse with the enemy.187 He may also requisition property and compel services from American citizens and friendly aliens who are situated within the theatre of military operations when necessity requires, thereby incurring for the United States the obligation to render “just compensation.”188 By the same warrant, he may bring hostilities to a conclusion by arranging an armistice, stipulating conditions which may determine to a great extent the ensuing peace.189 He may not, however, affect a permanent acquisition of territory,190 though he may govern recently acquired territory until Congress sets up a more permanent regime.191
The rank of 4 Star General, the General of the Armies of the United States, remains a rare prize granted to a surprising few. There have only been 219 Four Star Generals since our country began. The first one was George Washington.The famous ones who followed are these men of the finest and/or most notorious in our nation’s history:
ULYSSES S. GRANT; WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN; JOHN J. PERSHING; DOUGLAS MAC ARTHUR; DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER; OMAR BRADLEY; GEORGE S. PATTON; WILLIAM WESTMORELAND; ALEXANDER M. HAIG; NORMAN SCHWARTZKOPF, JR; COLIN POWELL; and WESLEY CLARK.
There are currently 16 active Four Star Generals. Oh, whoops. Now it’s 13. What a number. Stand by.