Going out of his lane, way out of it

In the military we have a saying “stay in your lane”. What it means is don’t stick your nose in someone else’s business. Stay in your lane and focus on doing your job and what is required of you, not worrying about someone else.

I have told my boys so many times that “if you worry about yourself as much as you worry about someone or something else then you would be squared away and never be in trouble.” In fact I have actually told many soldiers that too.

So here is an example of a guy who I have met and interviewed in person (and is someone I really liked and respected at one time) going way out of his lane….

The top U.S. military official has asked a Florida pastor to pull his support of an anti-Islam film that may have played a role in inciting protesters who attacked U.S. diplomatic posts in Libya and Egypt.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke with Terry Jones by phone Wednesday morning to voice his concerns.

“In the brief call, Gen Dempsey expressed his concerns over the nature of the film, the tensions it will inflame and the violence it will cause. He asked Mr. Jones to consider withdrawing his support for the film,” Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said.

He is the friggen Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, so his focus should be on talking to the members of the military, DOD Civilians, Congress and the President…NOT a private citizen.

A couple of weeks ago he stepped out of his lane and out of line by saying former and retired military members should not be talking about politics. Apparently he missed the memo that said once your service is done you can say whatever the hell you want. Most in the military community chalked that up to him just trying to appease his boss, The President, and keep his job.

However calling this pastor has nothing, and I mean NOTHING to do with his job. If anyone, it should have been Secretary of State Clinton that made the call, not a military general.

In fact if as a Four-Star General he really believes the attacks yesterday have anything to do with some little film trailer on You Tube and not connected to the anniversary of 9/11, he needs to put his stars on the desk and walk out out the door, because he is not smart enough to have that job.

That pastor has every right guaranteed every American citizen to say what he wants. In fact he didn’t even make the film from what I understand, he is just supporting it. If idiots in this country can wear valorous medals and pretend to be war heroes and degenerate snot-nosed in-grateful hippies can walk on and burn the flag, and the Westboro Church inbreds are free to protest military funerals and spread hate, then I think this pastor can say whatever the hell he wants.

Like I said I liked and respected Martin “I think I am Frank Sinatra” Dempsey at one time. However over the last two weeks he is spoken out of his “fourth point of contact” just one too many times for me to have any more respect for this guy.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/12/joint-chiefs-chairman-urges-pastor-to-withdraw-support-anti-islam-film/#ixzz26IWKfNu7

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5 Responses to Going out of his lane, way out of it

  1. CJNo Gravatar says:

    Well said, though I don’t think you were as pissed as I was in my post. Naturally, I can’t attack the CJCS for obvious reasons, so I’m glad you said it.

    • BouhammerNo Gravatar says:

      The beauty of being retired, I can say ANYTHING I want, and nobody in the military chain of command can’t do a damn thing about it.

  2. UniballNo Gravatar says:

    Not according to GEN Dempsey, you can’t say anything you want. Especially if it might upset the perpetually outraged.

  3. SSG JonesNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, spoken like a true first sergeant. I’ve heard them put lieutenants and captains in their place. I try to as well being a SSG but sometimes get shot down telling ignorant lieutenants to stay in their lane…cannot wait to make it further up the chain. I’m working on my first blog for a class project at USF and will hopefully find some good material from yours to site if you do not mind. I am a OEF/OIF vet as well and still serve in the National Guard. Thanks.

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