Two more top Pentagon officers cashiered this week?
posted at 1:09 pm on October 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
ABC News reports that the general in charge of the Air Force’s nuclear weapons has just been fired:
The Air Force’s two star general in charge of the wing responsible for its 450 nuclear missiles has been fired, a defense official confirmed to ABC News.
Maj. Gen. Michael Carey is being removed from command of the 20th Air Force, the official said. That command is responsible for the three wings that maintain control of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles scattered in missile silos across the northern plains.
Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, the commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, made the decision because of a “loss of trust and confidence,” according to the official.
Earlier this week, the Pentagon also cashiered Vice Admiral James Giardina, who ran the US Strategic Command. Giardina had already been suspended during a criminal investigation into the use of counterfeit chips at a casino in Iowa. It follows the firings of two Marine Corps generals for their failure to adequately secure Camp Bastion in Afghanistan after a Taliban attack resulted in the deaths of two Marines and the loss of a half-dozen aircraft.
That’s four command-rank officers held accountable for their actions in the military since October 1. When will see anyone fired over the loss of four Americans in Benghazi over a year ago? Up to now, no one has lost so much as a single paycheck over that grossly negligent failure to protect a consulate on the anniversary of 9/11 in the terrorist haven of eastern Libya.