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Was Charles Freeman Withdrawal the Right thing to Do?

March 12, 2009

After reading the article yesterday from Defense Tech.  I am looking at the withdrawal made by Charles Freeman in an entire different light based solely on National Security.  Can he do the job?  Not his personal views, but can he do the job?  Plus, he was APPOINTED by Adm Blair and I will trust the word and opinion of a retired Admiral any day before I believe all this drama on the blogs.  More importantly when did we begin to not listen to the recommendations of Admirals and Generals?  Maybe if they would do that we would have more positions filled.  Especially when the advice and recommendation comes from those who can pass a background check as well pay there taxes.  If it was me, I would plug them all into positions before our enemies begin to dance in the streets with glee thinking we are all on a sinking ship.  Speaking of which.  I think they would be great:

1. General Wesley Clark
2. General John M. Shalikashvili
3. General Henry Hugh Shelton
4. General Johnnie E. Wilson
5. Admiral William Owens
6. Lt. Gen. Joe Ballard
7. Lt. Gen. Robert Gard
8. Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy
9. Lt. Gen. Donald Kerrick
10. Lt. Gen. Frederick E. Vollrath
11. Vice Admiral Donald C. Arthur
12. Vice Admiral Joseph A. Sestak, Jr.
13. Major General Roger R. Blunt
14. Major General George Buskirk, Jr.
15. Major General Edward L. Correa, Jr.
16. Major General Paul D. Eaton
17. Major General Paul D. Monroe, Jr.
18. Major General Antonio M. Taguba
19. Brigadier General John W. Douglass
20. Brigadier General Michael Dunn
21. Brigadier General Belisario Flores
22. Brigadier General Evelyn “Pat” Foote
23. Brigadier General Keith H. Kerr
24. Brigadier General Virgil A. Richard
25. Brigadier General Preston Taylor
26. Brigadier General John M. Watkins, Jr.
27. Brigadier General Jack Yeager
28. Rear Admiral Connie Mariano
29. Rear Admiral Stuart F. Platt
30. Rear Admiral Alan M. Steinman
31. Rear Admiral David Stone

Anyway  there is a article in the Washington Post titled “The Country’s Loss”.  What stuck out was this one quote:

His great strength, Blair said, is his ability to think through how situations look to the people on the other side

Imagine that.  I am sure  people may think a trait like this is irrelevant so it’s easier to provide, well evidence that proves that yes, we do have to worry about the *message* being recieved on the other side. Especially to our allies.  Don’t believe it?  Look to these remarks:

But Sir Gus’s remarks will leave ministers smoothing feathers in the new administration, whose support is vital for agreement at the summit.

He made them as he stressed the importance of a permanent civil service rather than the US practice of filling posts when a new President is elected. He said it would be “madness” to introduce a similar system in Britain, because of the need for continuity in major projects such as the 2012 Olympics.

“You get to a certain point, and you can’t go any further,” Sir Gus said. “A whole new bunch of people come in who probably haven’t been in government before.” Fifty days after President Obama was sworn in, every senior post in the US Treasury Department remains vacant, with the exception of Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary, who should have 17 deputies. The vacuum has prompted complaints that it is struggling to deal with the most severe downturn since the 1930s.

Our allies are paying attention and our enemies as well.  This is not good.  At all.  To have even those who side with us think we are weak and calling us out on it. Especially considering all the hoopla going on today that I think has just put us in the column of we are about to have a catastrophe on our hands.  I don’t think people truly grasp the implications of only having 70 out of 1200 positions filled.  But it’s the area’s that they are in that is the real problem.  When we have foreign dignitaries and allies giving us advice from across the sea, there is a very very big problem.  One in which we have never been in before.  Now, I think we are in the position where we are allowing things to get out of hand. First and foremost a person can have a personal view that separates from there professional views. Hard as the concept may be to some it’s true.

This article titled “Captain of the Ship on Defense Tech written by Kevin Coleman should open someones eyes.  He writes:

A Ship Without a Captain


We have been covering cyber now for several months and my work in cyber defense and security has been going on for over a decade. In that period of time the U.S. government has failed to establish the command authority needed to protect the nation. Critical questions have gone unanswered for months or even years. One of those questions deals with where the cyber command operation headquarters will be located. The physical location for cyber command is not yet decided. This has been a hot topic now for the last ten months and multiple states are jockeying for position.


If that is not bad enough, the government has failed to establish a command and control structure and authorities for offensive cyber capabilities, defensive cyber capabilities and cyber intelligence. With billions of dollars of budget at stake, the amount of political posturing and verbal war has risen to heights not seen before. The level of infighting became un-tolerable for Rod Beckstr�m, Director of the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) at the Department of Homeland Security. This past weekend he resigned. So what should we do?

Note what he states: “Political Posturing”.  I wrote a blog post a while back proving that yes, terrorists or organizations are paying close attention to what is going on.  If you doubt that, during the Mumbai terrorist attack, a couple stated by CNN reporting there location, they placed them in danger because THEY were watching trying to find them.  Right now, we have a weakness that if something happens will happen to all of us.  With what is happening today and all the unfilled appointments.  This has now moved to an entirely different ball game. If you can criticize without a solution, don’t just come with complaints, also provide that solution.  Because remarks like the ones made by Speaker Pelosi solves nothing, means nothing, if she didn’t contribute to finding or having a solution other than stating something is just *beyond the pale*.

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