U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Robert Papp publicly told the story of Barack Obama advising them to resign if they would not support the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. We suspected the many that he forced out, refused to follow certain other orders, or would refuse to follow orders that he might give in the future.
“We were called into the Oval Office and President Obama looked all five service chiefs in the eye and said, ‘This is what I want to do.’ I cannot divulge everything he said to us, that’s private communications within the Oval Office, but if we didn’t agree with it — if any of us didn’t agree with it — we all had the opportunity to resign our commissions and go do other things,” he said. Source: Buzzfeed (see video here)
The above quote comes via a Freedom of Information Act request. Here’s more:
In a meeting with the heads of the five service branches in 2010, President Obama offered the leaders a choice: Support my efforts to end the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, or resign, the Commandant of the Coast Guard said….
In a 2008 interview, then-Senator Obama told The Advocate that he wouldn’t make support of DADT’s repeal “a litmus test” for his military leaders. “What I want are members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who are making decisions based on what strengthens our military and what is going to make us safer, not ideology.”
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was repealed in December 2010.
Admiral Papp did not resign, he will retire on May 30, 2014. He holds a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. assumed the duties of the 24th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard on May 25, 2010. He leads the largest component of the Department of Homeland (DHS), comprised of 42,000 active duty, 8200 Reserve, 8,000 civilian and 31,000 volunteer Auxilarists. Source: USCG
Obama apparently prefers leadership by intimidation and coercion– nothing new there — rather than leading by example and with competence. Papp talked about the meeting during a Q&A session with U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets following a leadership address to the corps on Jan 8. The admiral was asked how officers should respond to policies that they disagreed with but were required to enforce. “If I disagree morally with [a policy], it’s my obligation to voice that, regardless of the risk it might give my career,” he said. “I’ve been in those situations. I’ve been fortunate to have good leaders that have appreciated that.” Using himself as an example, Papp said it was OK for leaders to “not be thrilled” with a certain regulation, but if they didn’t “see anything terribly wrong with it,” it was their job as officers to support and enforce it.
The admiral, who will be retiring from active duty on May 30, added that he thought the U.S. military made the right decision by abolishing DADT — sure, and how many cutters has the Coast Guard been cut down to?
In a separate issue concerning Gay and Lesbians, the lawless IRS gave confidential information regarding a personal donation made to the National Organization for Marriage to a gay activist group. The man who made the contribution was forced to resign his position. Read that story here.