posted on Mar, 18 2014 @ 04:37 PM
It would not be the first time that a commander has been sacked due to either their political beliefs, or their overall belief regarding US military
strategy. The most famous case would probably be Truman's release of Macarthur. This was definitely both because of Macarthur's political and military
ideology. The guy was a huge part of the reason we won the Korean war in the first place, as the landing at Inchon was a stroke of military brilliance
in my opinion, not to mention his actions in WWII. But his beliefs contradicted the Truman administration's beliefs. Couldn't have that. And plus, the
general realized that pushing out of Korea altogether, and further north, was the best course of action.
So I offer that as an example, citing it mainly because if someone who is that much of a brilliant military commander can be sacked for their beliefs,
then someone who has lesser rank or responsibility could definitely be canned. I am not saying that is what happened in this case, but it is something
to consider. With the developments with US-Russian relations, I cannot help but think something is going on here. It would depend on what exactly the
responsibilities of these officers were. If they would have a lot of responsibilities during the outbreak of a conflict or war in the region, then
they would be more likely to be replaced for their beliefs, if those beliefs could potentially affect their actions in such a situation.
I just realized that they were USAF commanders. This makes a difference, considering their jobs would not entail deploying troops, although they would
hold much sway in determining the actions of planes and the allocation of other USAF resources, which are vital to any conflict. Not knocking the air
force, considering that is where I served, but I'm just saying their duties are not the same as those of a commander who has many ground assets at
their disposal. Although times have changed to the point where air power is more often used than ground forces.
edit on 3/18/14 by JiggyPotamus
because: (no reason given)