President Obama told the heads of the five military branches to support his agenda of “gays” in the ranks or find another job.
The stunning revelation came from Adm. Robert Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard, in a Jan. 8 session with cadets that was captured in a video obtained by Buzzfeed under a Freedom of Information Act request.
“We were called into the Oval Office and President Obama looked all five service chiefs in the eye and said, ‘This is what I want to do,'” Papp said.
Papp, who will retire in May, said he could not divulge everything Obama said in the 2010 meeting because it was in private communications within the Oval Office.
“But if we didn’t agree with it – if any of us didn’t agree with it – we all had the opportunity to resign our commissions and go do other things,” he said.
The issue was Obama’s abandonment of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that allowed homosexuals to serve in the military as long as they kept their proclivities to themselves. Now the military promotes open homosexuality in the ranks.
As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama told the Advocate magazine, a “gay”-rights publication, that he would not make support of the “Don’t Ask” policy a litmus test.
“What I want are members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who are making decisions based on what strengthens our military and what is going to make us safer, not ideology,” Obama said.
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, told WND on Thursday that Obama’s demand of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2010 “falls in line with his previous behavior that he’s above the law.
“He’s acting again like an imperial president,” the congressman said.
WND has reported the apparent development of a “compliant officer class” under Obama. Some top generals are openly saying the administration is carrying out a “purge” of senior military officers who run afoul of Obama or his agenda.
Nearly 200 senior officers over the last five years have lost their jobs, officials have confirmed.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, a recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, told WND that Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to the point that members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to win.
“There is no doubt [Obama] is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in foxholes, the Obama sequester,” said Brady, former president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
Not only are military service members being demoralized and the ranks’ overall readiness reduced by the Obama administration’s purge of key leaders, but colonels – who are lined up in rank to replace outgoing generals – are quietly taking their careers in other directions, sources confirm.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who was a founding member of Delta Force and later deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush, says it is worrying that four-star generals are being retired at the rate that has occurred under Obama.
“Over the past three years, it is unprecedented for the number of four-star generals to be relieved of duty, and not necessarily relieved for cause,” Boykin said.
“I believe there is a purging of the military,” he said. “The problem is worse than we have ever seen.”
WND for weeks has reported on the problems faced by the nation’s military officers.
Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness says Obama has done “great damage” to the military by taking away resources and imposing “heavy burdens of social experimentation.”
“But most flag and general officers are following orders, keeping their heads down and, in my opinion, letting down the troops,” she said.
In the Reagan administration, Donnelly was appointed by Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services. In 1992, President George H. W. Bush appointed her to the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces.
Former Florida Congressman Allen West is calling for congressional oversight hearings into what he calls an “alarming trend” of dismissals and firings of high-ranking military officers by the Obama administration.
West, who served on the House Armed Services Committee, said he recently had been in contact with Committee Chairman Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon. West is calling for hearings “to determine exactly why” so many officers, especially senior officers, are being given the boot.
West commented on the video that was uncovered.
“Obama apparently prefers leadership by intimidation and coercion – nothing new there – rather than leading by example and with competence,” he wrote.
“Even Buzzfeed recognizes the hypocrisy of Obama: ‘In a 2008 interview, then-Senator Obama told The Advocate that he wouldn’t make support of DADT’s repeal ‘a litmus test’ for his military leaders. ‘What I want are members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who are making decisions based on what strengthens our military and what is going to make us safer, not ideology.'”
“So we cut the military down to pre-World War II levels but we institute social egalitarian ideological initiatives under threat of resignation, Mr. President? Some Commander-in-Chief we have huh?” West said.