Imagine yourself in the boots of LTC Terrence Lakin, respecting, following, living this Chain of Command your whole working career. Sharing the pride in being a member of the U.S. military as a defender of the Republic. Conducting your job as a medical officer in theaters around the world. Participating in the amazing story of America as the will of a people–demonstrated in part by the civilian leadership of our Armed Forces. Shown on a wall in the Pentagon, it is reinforced every day.
One day, a high-flying, inexperienced perpetual candidate pops up out of nowhere and posts the equivalent of nothing on a website. He claims to be a ‘native’ of America and born in Hawaii to some ‘African’ man and an underage white girl of U.S. citizenship. The entire media and the Congress bury the fraudulent document and a fraudulent presentation of credentials and anyone who questions them.
And, with assistance from an unknown hand, this guy is elected, and worse, starts sending soldiers into war with their hands tied behind their backs. The military you love, overnight, has been turned into a killing ground for Americans–not the enemy–run by a school boy with no credentials, experience, or gravitas.
Shooting the Messenger
Lakin’s deployment orders required him to produce a copy of his own birth certificate, so he was troubled that Obama has refused to do the same. He stated, “Reviewing FM 6-22 Army Leadership … grounds me in my belief that I have a duty to submit this concern.” The values Lakin agreed to live by include, “Loyalty – Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other soldiers. Selfless Service – Put the welfare of the nation, the Army and subordinates before your own. Integrity – Do what’s right – legally and morally.” He said, “I also have agreed to expect the same from my leaders.” General George S. Patton stated, “Always do everything you ask of those you command.”
As a military officer, LTC did what he was supposed to do: he reported it through his Chain of Command. He did exactly what he was supposed to do, according to USAF Lt. General McInerney, who submitted an affidavit in support of LTC Lakin on the essential need to maintain the proper Chain of Command. It is essential for our Armed Forces to have confidence in and follow that chain of command; that is the way the Constitution is defended and protected.
Lakin was giving the military a warning, a tap on the shoulder, and expected the Chain of Command to address it, and most certainly knew he had a duty and right to report it.
So when ‘crickets’ appeared to his request to verify the credentials for the guy at the top–the other civilian besides Robert Gates–LTC Lakin followed his oath to uphold and defend the Constitution through the Chain of Command, and refused orders to deploy to Afghanistan.
What is the chain of command’s response?
- Charge him with “missing movement”, a crime on the order of a felony, and ‘disobeying a direct order’
- Initiate Court-Martial proceedings
- Threaten LTC Lakin
- Deny LTC discovery and defense, ruling Obama’s birth records irrelevant and that his orders, which came from the Pentagon, were legal
- Restrict his case decision-making to the Pentagon, effectively breaking the chain of command
- Removed LTC Lakin’s Wikipedia entry
- Refuse to mention, discuss, highlight LTC’s case in any mainstream media publication
- Schedule the Court-Martial for December 14-15, with a near certain guilty verdict and consequent four years of hard labor in Leavenworth.
The collaboration of the military with Obama in denying access to the prima facie evidence is shown by the media’s lack of coverage, the scrubbing of the wikipedia entry, and the restriction of decision making to the Pentagon. These are classic Obama operations.
Who would send their son or daughter into the Armed Services knowing they are failing to protect soldiers and the Country, and are punishing anyone who dares to?
Hey Gates, are you ready for a recruitment problem?