The retired three-star general, who commanded Delta Force and supervised the mission to take down Columbian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, told Big League Politics radical West Point graduate 2nd Lt. Spencer Rapone is a disgrace to his school and the Army.
“This is a black mark on West Point, because how did a guy like that make it through to West Point espousing his attitude in our Constitution?” said retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, who was part of the first generation of Delta Force officers and later the unit’s commander.
Rapone made a series of social media posts critical of American democracy and in an Aug. 16 essay “The Confederate Collaboration of West Point” posted on Medium.com he accused West Point celebrating the defenders of slavery.
Also among his posts were photos of the 2016 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in his cadet uniform exposing a Che Guevera tee-shirt underneath his uniform blouse. Guevera was a Marxist revolutionary, who fought with Fidel Castro to install that island’s communist regime.
“This is a failure of leadership at West Point including every position,” said the retired commando, who now serves as the executive vice president of the Washinton-based Family Research Council.
Boykin said West Point’s failure to catch up with Rapone stems from President Barack Obama’s tenure as commander-in-chief.
“West Point is an honorable institution of higher education; however, the leadership is frightened of everything about the Marxist movement, and for eight years people were chosen for leaders who would support radicalization and political sensitivity,” he said.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Evan H. Wollen, who taught history at West Point, as well as serving as a military science professor at Claremont-McKenna College in Claremont, California said he was disturbed by that the cadet’s behavior escaped the notice of West Point’s faculty and leadership.
“It is extremely unusual for a person with such views (a) wanting to be a commissioned officer in the US Army and then (b) being able to hide his views during the West Point selection and training process,” Wollen said.
Boykin said he did not understand why no one in the USMA leadership was aware of Rapone’s feelings about the country and system of government he was being trained to defend.
“Common sense is that if he is as anti-American as his postings show, that was reflected in his attitude and behavior in front of his superiors, and it appears West Point ignored his behavior and attitude,” said the general, whose Delta Force career began at the time of Delta Force’s ill-fated 1980 attempt to free the American hostages in Iran.
“Rapone does not represent the beliefs of the U.S. military in any way,” said the graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, also called Virginia Tech. “We are there to win wars, not spare feelings–show me where communism has ever won?”
West Point issued a Sept. 26 statement distancing the school from Rapone’s sentiments.
“Rapone’s actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army. As figures of public trust, members of the military must exhibit exemplary conduct, and are prohibited from engaging in certain expressions of political speech in uniform,” the statement said.
The school also said it would participate in the inquest now being carried out by the officer’s chain of command. “The academy is prepared to assist the officer’s chain of command as required.”
Rapone is assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.
The public affairs office for the 10th Mountain Division declined to comment to BLP.
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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats Mocks President Trump at Globalist Festival
The acting Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, took the opportunity to throw shade at President Donald Trump while speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday. The annual event at a ski resort in Colorado has served for several years as a venue for leading neoconservatives, uber-hawks, and Washington D.C based defense contractors to coordinate their political activities, recently becoming an opportunity for the elite bureaucrat class to fume collectively in hatred against the America First vision of foreign policy articulated by President Trump. However, it comes as a surprise to many to see an acting high-level U.S national security official speak publicly against the foreign policy of peaceful and principled realism set forth by the President he is nominally bound to serve as Commander-in-Chief.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Director Coats justified an earlier statement of opposition he had released in response to the President’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, stating that he “needed to correct the record,” and that he “wished [Trump] had made a different statement.” Coats went on to express a sense of bewilderment upon learning that Trump had invited President Putin to the White House for further bilateral negotiations, initially asking Mitchell to repeat herself before responding with “okay… That’s going to be special,” speaking in reference to the planned White House visit.
Coats even floated the possibility of resignation from his office in his discussion with the MSNBC talk show host, answering a question about whether of not he had even considered resigning from his position as a form of protest against the sitting President’s national security policies by saying it was “a place I don’t really go to, publicly.” It’s uncertain if the President deserves intelligence personnel who are able to fully devote their efforts to apolitical public service without the possibility of resigning to advance an alternate political agenda, from the perspective of the acting U.S intelligence chief.
Other deep-state linked political figures, such as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the former pundit-extraordinaire and now full-time Twitter crybaby Bill Kristol, were in attendance at the four-day exclusive conference, with tickets for attendance ranging from $1,500 to $2,000.
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