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Top U.S. Air Force official resigns: report

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posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:07 PM
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Top U.S. Air Force official resigns: report


www.reuters.com

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley has resigned, and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne may also be on the brink of resigning, the defense publication InsideDefense.com reported on Thursday.

"Top-level Pentagon officials gave Moseley the option to resign or be fired during a meeting this morning," the website reported, quoting an unidentified military official. "Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne also could resign later today," it said.

Moseley is the Air Force's top uniformed officer.
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posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:07 PM
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looks like someone is cleaning house. I wonder if this will effect the airstrikes in iran that were suppose to happen soon?

www.reuters.com
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posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:13 PM
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Hmmm... Plenty to speculate about there.. The story was broken by InsideDefense.com but you have to pay to read their articles. I guess we'll have to wait until it's picked up by other news services.



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:15 PM
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It'll be interesting to hear what happened (assuming we do). Clearly, he didn't so much resign as he was fired.



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:15 PM
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Bah you beat me to it by one damn minute LOL!!! Yup another opponent to the Iran war resigns. I guess the bombing is coming soon. Bush cant leave without causing more trouble.



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:17 PM
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It also could be political fallout from the KC-45 tanker selection as well.



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:20 PM
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It could also be fallout from the armed nukes being accidently flown over the country.

Obs out



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:21 PM
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The prophecy is correct, the young eagles will not be involved in anything that is not honorable. Hats off to them. Expect at least a dozen others from various branches to bow out. They don't want to swing on the end of a rope in the Hague so they are doing what they have to. War crimes are nothing to be even close to.



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:26 PM
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Reuters has now picked it up but has few details:

news.yahoo.com...;_ylt=AjP4xp.s5y7h0vCRuxxITYKs0NUE



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:28 PM
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USA Today is saying it was the Nukes:


Good call Observer



Moseley was summoned to an early morning meeting with Mullen to discuss a report on the Air Force's problems handling nuclear weapons. The report, by Navy Adm. Kirkland Donald, director of naval nuclear propulsion, convinced Defense Secretary Robert Gates that senior officials should be held accountable.

Moseley resigned in response.

At the same time, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England was dispatched to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to meet with Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne, sources said, where he was expected to ask for Wynne's resignation.
www.usatoday.com...


Its a USA Today quote fromt he USAF Times publication.

[edit on 6/5/08 by FredT]



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:29 PM
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Originally posted by mybigunit
Bah you beat me to it by one damn minute LOL!!! Yup another opponent to the Iran war resigns. I guess the bombing is coming soon. Bush cant leave without causing more trouble.


Do we know that this guy opposed military operations in Iran? If so, that would be something to ponder, but I am not sure that he did. Does anyone know?

If so, then this certainly would match the MO of the White House, particularly after they let the CENTCOM chief go.



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:32 PM
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Multiple sources are saying it was the nukes and other issues that have heightened the tension between Gates and these two.



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:32 PM
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More information from the Air Force Times.

They say it's fall-out from the Minot incident...



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:35 PM
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yea that appears to be the "reason" the gov. is using. well its about as good a reason as any,however i doubt its the true reason for the leaders to be fired or resign. To answer the question if they apposed a war in iran we may never know if these two were for or against a war.



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:39 PM
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Military personnel (officers) can be fired for a variety of reasons even for mistakes made by lower personell in thier commands.

This does make sence. But:

What about those in charge during Abu Ghraib? No action up the chain of command as we can see. But Gates is not Rummy either.



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:51 PM
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No big deal. All those general offices that step down or get booted can now write books and make lots of cash and live large!
Heck the more BS you do when your high up the power pole the mo Money you can grab. Dig?



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 12:53 PM
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On a side note relating to nukes i have a question. why is U.S.A. allowed to have A B-52 bomber mistakenly loaded with six nuclear warheads fly from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on Aug. 30. and the only backlash is almost one year later 2 people are fired or resign.

But we think Iran may have the ability or even be looking to build a nuclear weapon and we are ready to start a world war? Why is it ok for us to have wmd's but will bomb the heck out of someone who tries to create one?



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 01:24 PM
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The B-52 fiasco and the shipping of nuclear fuses to Taiwan pretty much makes sense don't it? We always talk about other countries' lack of security around their nukes, yet we are embarrassed about these. Makes us hypocrites.



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 02:08 PM
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As I recall, Gates ordered a full US nuclear inventory about 4-5 weeks ago, to be completed in 60 days.

Well, my guess is the results are in, and they aren't very reassuring for the Air Force, so out they go.

In any event, with the nukes and the fundamentalist weirdness going on in the AF Academy, the Air Force needs a major reality check. I hope this is it.

[edit on 5-6-2008 by gottago]



posted on Jun, 5 2008 @ 08:18 PM
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Fred, I am not sure if there would be any charges brought against officers (higher ups anyway) while there is an active theatre of war. So, while I agree that heads need to roll in a serious way, I don't thin we will see that happen while we are technically at war. BTW I am not saying this is a right or wrong decision just what I think.

Thanks for the kudos BTW, I am flattered.

Obs out



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