Sunday, 22 June 2008

gates enforces usaf control amidst war of factions

June 9, 2008

Gates names Gen. Norton Schwartz Air Force Chief of Staff

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has appointed General Norton A. Schwartz, current commander of the US Transportation Command, to replace General T. Michael "Buzz" Moseley to be Air Force Chief of Staff. Gates also nominated Michael Donley, the current Director of Administration and Management for the Department of Defense, to replace Michael Wynne as Secretary of the Air Force. Gates fired Moseley and Wynne, an unprecedented move, for lapses in nuclear weapons security. WMR reported that Moseley and Wynne were part of an alternate chain-of-command that took orders from the office of Vice President Dick Cheney and was responsible for a number of nuclear incidents, including last August's unauthorized movement of six nuclear-armed advanced cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana for possible operations in the Middle East.

WMR also reported that the alternate chain-of-command included a number of individuals with close links to Israel. Gates has stated that his firings of top Air Force military and civilian officers may not be over and that some individuals are facing disciplinary action.

Gates' choice of Schwartz as Moseley's replacement is likely to provide cover for further firings within the Air Force. In 2005, Schwartz received the Military Leadership Award from the Jewish Community Centers Armed Forces & Veterans Committee. At the awards ceremony, Schwartz said he was "proud to be identified as a Jewish as well as an American military leader."

Gates' firing of the Air Force's top leadership was seen by a number of military observers as a slap at the pro-Israeli and neo-con cell operating within the Air Force. The fact that Gates fired the two top Air Force leaders during the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a group that is sensitized over the upcoming trial of two of its past officials for being involved in an Israeli espionage ring within the Defense Department, meant that Gates was forced to walk a delicate tightrope after his sacking of Wynne and Moseley. The Schwartz appointment is seen as one way Gates will cover himself after he begins to fire more individuals in the alternate chain-of-command, a move that otherwise may have earned him charges of anti-Semitism from the powerful AIPAC lobby and its influential constituents.


June 10, 2008

New Air Force Secretary a loyal foot Gates soldier

Air Force insiders have told WMR that incoming Air Force Secretary Michael Donley, although a promoter of wasteful expenditures benefiting defense contractors, is a loyal foot soldier for Defense Secretary Robert Gates who is purging Air Force ranks of a parallel chain of command that took its orders directly from the office of Vice President Dick Cheney and by-passed Gates and the non-Air Force members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Last week, Gates abruptly fired Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff General T. Michael "Buzz" Moseley for failing to safeguard the Air Force's nuclear stockpile. WMR exclusively reported on last August's movement of six nuclear-armed cruise missiles from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Three high-level Air Force officers leaked the unauthorized movement of the nuclear missiles to Air Force Times. As previously reported by WMR, Moseley, Wynne, and other civilian and military Air Force officers were part of the rival chain of command that authorized the movement of the cruise missiles to Barksdale for ultimate use against Iran.

It is now being reported that deputy assistant secretary of state in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs J. Scott Carpenter has revealed that the Joint Chiefs and Defense Department opposed a plan last August by Cheney that would include a U.S. military strike on Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps camps inside Iran that would provoke an Iranian response that would, in turn, provide a reason for Cheney to launch a strategic attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, possibly including the use of the six nuclear armed cruise missiles moved from Minot to the Barksdale Middle East staging base at the end of last August.

Carpenter's revelations about the military-Cheney rift last August are the first from an identified official of the administration. WMR's sources all spoke last year and earlier this year on conditions of strict anonymity.

WMR previously reported that both Admiral William Fallon, the commander of the US Central Command, and Admiral John Stufflebeem, the then-commander of the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, were both opposed to any military strike on Iran in August. This year, Fallon was forced to retire and Stufflebeem lost a star and was forced out of the Navy due to a supposed 18-year old sex scandal as a result of retaliation by the pro-Iran war hawks in Cheney's office. General David Petraeus, who replaced Fallon, was and remains a supporter of Cheney's desire to strike Iran.

In his effort to purge the pro-Cheney hawks from the Pentagon, Gates nominated Air Force General Norton Schwartz to replace Moseley and Donley to replace Wynne. Donley was a protege of the late Texas Senator John Tower and was slated to become Air Force Secretary in 1991, however, Tower's death in a 1991 plane crash removed Donley's chief advocate and scuttled his promotion. Described as corrupt by a former Air Force insider, Donley is, nevertheless, a member of the old Reagan-Bush 41 Pentagon/National Security Council team and will walk in lock-step with Gates. Donley was reportedly involved in the whitewash of the 1985-86 President's Blue Ribbon Panel on Defense, also known as the Packard Commission, that was designed to reduce costs in Pentagon acquisition programs and contracting. Donley is described as a sycophant to the defense contracting industry.

WMR has learned that similar to the military, the US Intelligence Community is also divided into rival camps. Some factions are loyal to Cheney and the neocons, others are adamantly opposed to the neocons, and some sway back and forth as far as loyalty in concerned.

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