June 30, 2013
General Martin Dempsey
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
9999 Joint Staff, Pentagon
Washington, DC 20318-9999
I am a combat veteran, a decade ahead of you. I am a Christian, a Constitutionalist and a Patriot. According to the DHS, I am a potential homegrown terrorist. You have had several letters from me already, here is yet another one.
When you and I were sworn in as commissioned officers, we took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. I do not recall an expiration date in that oath and although I have been out of the service since 1976, I still honor it. Somehow, you have risen to the highest level of authority and responsibility in the Armed Forces and that oath certainly still applies to you.
Your actions over the past few years shows little respect for that oath of office, for the men you "lead," for military readiness, or for the honor your position calls for. You have become a political puppet for one of the worst Commanders In Chief America has ever seen. You have become one of America's "domestic enemies." I am confident you don't follow email traffic and Internet blogs but if you did, you'd realize just how little respect veterans and active duty personnel have for you and those who carry your water bucket. Were it me, I'd be humiliated and embarrassed to the point of resignation.
I'll grant you that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs is appointed by the President and serves at his discretion. I also know that any General worth his salt would stand up for the military he is supposed to represent and lead, or resign if he cannot do so honorably. To support Barack Obama's deliberate attempts to destroy our military by rolling over, playing dead, and claiming you were just following orders, is reprehensible. By doing so you dishonor the uniform, your position, all those who honorably serve this country, and the millions who have served before you, many of whom gave their all in defense of liberty. We deserve better. Barack Obama has become the laughing-stock of leaders of other nations around the world. They see his weakness in national defense, the weakness of those who surround and advise him, including you, and proceed to take advantage of that weakness to our detriment. The future does not look bright for our Republic. Thanks for your complicity.
General, having four stars does not authenticate respect. Respect must be earned, it's not automatic with promotions. If you think it is, you're a fool. You have lost respect. "Diversity" does not equate to readiness or esprit de corps and good morale of the unit. Taking away Chaplains' rights to honor their own faith in their duty to the troops destroys their mission, nullifies their role, weakens the force. Allowing women in combat roles, especially in the Rangers and SEALS, and I note that you are neither, is about as wise a decision as would be the elimination of the Infantry. No nation on earth, since the beginning of time, including the US, has sought to do that until the wisdom of Obama, Dempsey and Odierno arrived on the scene. "Professing to be wise, proven to be fools." And since the day of General George Washington, homosexuals were not allowed to openly serve side-by-side with straights, for good reason. But the Obama, Dempsey, Odierno wisdom trumps General Washington, 200 years of experience, and God's warnings to allow it in today's military. Pray tell, how does any of this improve readiness? How does political correctness improve readiness? For the politicians is all about getting votes. What does it do for Generals?
I note that in Secretary Hagel's recent remarks at the Pentagon Pride ceremony for gays and lesbians, he stated that openly acknowledging the gay community in the military "...makes our military and our nation stronger, much stronger." Care to offer any justification or proof of the Secretary's statement? Stronger in what way? He went on to tout how this now makes us "all created equal," and is "social justice in advancing equality and opportunity for all people." All tripe. But Hagel is a politician, in a suit. You're supposed to be a soldier, in a uniform. Using the military for social engineering is disruptive, expensive - in money and lives - and goes against all common sense, not to mention 200+ years of experience. The consequences of this stupidity will be your legacy, not any good you may have done prior to your Chairmanship.
You have just been reappointed as Chairman. My recommendation is that you decline. Retire from the military, go into hiding somewhere, and allow a more able person, one who will honor his oath of office, to assume the role. If Obama refuses to appoint someone like that, looking for another political puppet instead, America, specifically veterans, will deal with Obama. Should you accept Obama's offer to continue the destructive puppet role of the last few years, you will add insult to injury and further weaken our military. Veterans will petition their Senators to NOT confirm your reappointment. We have ample evidence that better options are available.
Larry W. Reams
Secretary Chuck Hagel
General Ray Odierno
Senator John Cornyn
Senator Ted Cruz
Various veteran groups
I stand shoulder to shoulder with Larry Reams. What he writes is the God’s honest truth and a sad day in America that the words he writes are true.
Add my name to the Team Harry Riley!..
.... as Larry Reams WILL have Shoulder to Shoulder Support on all Quadrants!
You can also add my name Harry Riley .I retired after 30 yrs in 1976 but I have some weapons and plenty of ammo. I re member my OATH and stand ready to defend it. I am 82 yrs old but in pretty good shape. I have transportation and keep my car and truck full of gas .No Wife and I live in Milton ,FL and can deploy @ any time. My Name is Harold Allen.
Also add my name to the list Col.
To Larry W. Rearms, may god remain in your corner forever.
I am in total agreement with Larry Reams. Flag officers in Vietnam were puppets to LBJ and look what happened to us there. If more flag officers had the balls to retire when give orders detrimental to the good of the service, those giving those orders would pay a deserved political price. Why should flag officers be a flunky just to get another star? Where has the backbone gone in our senior military officers?
I graduated from the Naval Academy in 1961. Today I see no difference in the product there than Princeton, Harvard, Yale, etc. So why have it anymore? And I am 3rd generation Naval Academy.
Gordon A. ("Don") Uehling, Jr.
Three Cheers for Larry Reams. I wonder if we could get a petition together to send to the General and to others in the Pentagon and of course in the Senate. God Bless our America. Thank you Larry for your Honesty and Courage.
Larry's letter must go viral......to Congress, broadcast across America. I'm faxing it to Congress Monday or Tuesday when they get back as well as across the email network........for those of you that use Face Book........please put it on FB.
"Don" ...........I as well as millions hear you and agree......God help us find a way to defeat the cancer in America before it comes to violence........the cauldron is bubbling and it won't take much more from a corrupt, evil government to cause the eruption.
Harry passing it on to as many as possible is a very good idea, and hopefully more veterans will follow Larry's example.
Well he has my vote and I will stand with Mr. Reams too. So True