Yesterday I posted (in FB) that Gates was wrong to stay in office and not say anything about how our CINC was running the war efforts. A friend emailed that he may have been sticking around just because, if he didn’t who would? Continuity was required, someone had to protect the military from the CINC, etc.
Normally I’d agree with this sentiment. It is what Bork did in the Saturday Night Massacre under Nixon. (For those who recall Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre,” this is why Bork (#3 at the DoJ) stuck around after the AG and Dep AG both quit rather than fire the Watergate Special Prosecutor.) But this is different – this is getting men killed and killing other people; this is a totally out-of-control president sending men to their deaths SOLELY and ADMITTEDLY for political reasons.
WE had a right to know that; Gates did NOT have the right to keep it from us.
The political ramifications of this extend far beyond the DoD and men in battle. Gates’ behavior is exactly of a piece with the lack of Separation of Powers lawsuits from Boehner.
By doing what he thought was the right thing – in Gates’ case sticking it out and (maybe) doing the damage control he thought was the best that could be done; in Boehner’s case, who knows? – BOTH sets of actions have allowed Obama to maintain and enlarge the political capital he has used to further his destruction of our Constitutional Republic. BOTH are TACTICAL decisions from men in STRATEGIC positions.
Had Gates come out with the information about pure politics driving troop deployment decisions, that information MIGHT not have resulted in impeachment – or it might have. But it WOULD have reduced Obama’s political capital to the extent he may have been unable to pass Obamacare, a law never supported by a majority of Americans, a law detrimental to all Americans, our liberty, the Rule of Law and our Constitutional freedoms. It MAY have reduced Obama’s re-election chances enough that donors would have bailed or coughed-up less, or that he simply didn’t run, providing an exit from this tyrannical despot.
It MAY have prompted the necessary Congressional investigation: If the CINC doesn’t care about the war for any reason beyond domestic political advantage, if we aren’t going to fight to win, why are we sending men to die?
Same with Boehner: Had he pursued even ONE Separation of Powers suits, Obama MAY have lacked the political capital necessary for re-election.
Had Boehner pushed Separation of Powers for DOMA, DREAM and each of the Obamacare Executive Power rewrites – totally unconstitutional but no one seems to care – would he have been re-elected? No. Would he have had the capital needed to fight the GOP on the shutdown? Probably not. Would he be able to continue his anti-constitutional march toward regency with EOs for everything he wants? No. (My statements on DOMA and DREAM are based ONLY on the anti-Constitutional power grabs they represent.)
Both Gates and Boehner are taking – FOR THEMSELVES – the easy way out to the detriment of America, the Rule of Law, and the future of our nation.