Wednesday, August 10, 2005

BushCo Logic:
Sack A General, Defend Rove

By now, everyone who reads knows that George W. Bush won't fire national security secrets leaker, Karl Rove, unless he's indicted, convicted, and exhausts all appeals options.

By that time, barring some ridiculous institution of martial rule that leaves the Crawford Coward cowering inside the White House (like some American Saddam), Rove's treasonous acts will no longer be an issue.

Like running out the clock in a sportsball game.

However, BushCo has fired a 4 star general, who is merely being investigated for sexual misconduct. Also, they planned to replace him with a 3 star underling, whose senate 4-star confirmation hasn't even been scheduled. For now, the good general is being replaced by his deputy.

I have no idea what the general did (or if he did anything at all illegal), but this bizarre turn of events leaves a nasty lingering BushCo odor.

Army Sacks Senior General for Misconduct

By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer Tue Aug 9,10:55 PM ET

WASHINGTON - In an extraordinary move, the Army sacked a four-star general who was the subject of a Defense Department investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, officials said Tuesday.

Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes, commander of Army Training and Doctrine Command, was approaching retirement when the decision to relieve him of duty was made by the Army chief of staff, Gen. Peter Schoomaker.

The Army announced no specific allegation against Byrnes, but a senior official said it involved unspecified sexual misconduct. The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the allegation.

Disciplinary action against officers is not rare, but it is extremely unusual in the case of a four-star Army general.

Usually, the military "encourages" you to retire in these situations, thereby securing your pension, benefits, and honor.

Not this guy.

He's either so guilty of such depravity that BushCo is preempting a 4-star level scandal...

Or he's spoken out against George W. Chickenhawk and, as luck would have it, he's flirted with a female aide or cheated on his wife. (Insert your supposition here.)

This is truly weird, even for BushCo.

Until you google the guy who fired him.

Rumsfeld's New Man
The latest move to radically remake the Army.
By Fred Kaplan
Updated Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at 4:04 PM PT

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's reputed choice to be the new Army chief of staff—retired Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker—may be his most intriguing appointment to date, and confirms beyond any doubt Rummy's determination to foment a radical restructuring of the Army.

The first unusual thing about Schoomaker—and I should caution here that it has not yet been confirmed whether he'll take the job—is that he is a retired general. He left the military three years ago. Usually, chiefs of staff are named from the ranks of active-duty generals. LINK

One has to wonder if Gen. Kevin P. Byrnes dared oppose Rumsferatu.

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