Where is the love? Like my fickle friend, the summer wind, sometimes circumstances just change. So what’s it all about, Alfie? Well, it look like the President’s favorite general won’t be the next Chairman of the JSC if Danger Room has it right.
[Marine General James] Cartwright has been definitively ruled out as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon sources tell Danger Room — the apparent victim of a nasty Beltway whisper campaign.
Could this be the same sort of nasty whisper campaign that kept Cartwright from getting four stars in the first place; being named as Commander of USSTRATCOM; to a follow-on to his current position as Vice Chairman; and then, as a speculative candidate to be National Security Advisor? Obviously not.
In Washington, rumors persisted that Cartwright had romantic relationships with women who were not his wife. Nobody could prove those allegations. In fact, a Pentagon inspector-general report cleared him of the charge that he had an affair with a female aide.
However, while the IG cleared Cartwright, Danger Room failed to address another finding:
But investigators questioned General Cartwright’s judgment and command style in dealing with the aide and recommended administrative action for two lesser infractions: failure to discipline a subordinate and fostering an unduly familiar relationship.
Ray Mabus, the Navy secretary waived off the recommendation. The effect was to preserve the possibility of the Chairman’s position for Cartwright. Back to the New York Times link:
“I do not agree with the conclusion that General Cartwright maintained an ‘unduly familiar relationship’ with his aide,” Mr. Mabus wrote. “Nor do I agree that General Cartwright’s execution of his leadership responsibilities vis-à-vis his aide or any other member of his staff was inconsistent with the leadership requirements.”
It doesn’t take much to surmise that the President’s favorite general is Danger Room’s favorite general as well.