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.
President Trump Rules Out Deploying Troops to Restore Order, Even as Riots Show No Signs of Slowing Down
Trump has opted to not show strength in the face of this crisis.
Just one day after President Donald Trump said he was willing to send military forces into states across the country to put down riots, he is reportedly backing off of the idea.
According to administration officials, Trump is happy with the result of yesterday’s enforcement measures during the riots – which included law enforcement officials being shot and police getting hit by SUVs. He will not be using the Insurrection Act to put troops on the streets to restore order anytime soon.
“The law is absolutely still on the table if things get really bad, but as of now he doesn’t think it’s going to have to go that far,” an administration official said to Axios.
“As President Trump has said, we cannot allow the voices of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by angry mobs, which is why the President will continue to take lawful, decisive action to stop the violence and restore the security of all Americans,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Trump made the pivot after RINO Republicans whined about his harsh rhetoric as the country burns due to extreme left-wing riots.
“I don’t think the Pentagon’s keen on getting brought into this unless they absolutely have to. We need to restore order, but using active duty military troops in circumstances like this is a fairly rare occurrence,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Tuesday.
“I would prefer that these things be handled by the state and local authorities,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said. “You want to de-escalate, rather than escalate.”
Yesterday, Trump declared that he would show zero tolerance for any more rioting and looting in the streets:
President Donald Trump announced tonight that he will deploy military force in cities that are gripped by riots if blue-state governors do not get their acts in order and do so soon.
“My first and highest duty as president is to defend our great country and the American people,” Trump said in his speech. “I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do.”
Trump made it clear that he is an “ally of all peaceful protesters” who are protesting about injustices committed against George Floyd, who died during a police encounter with former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. However, Trump will not allow the rioters to disgrace Floyd’s memory with their looting and wanton property destruction.
Trump announced that he would deploy “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers” in order to restore order in American cities. These forces could be deployed as soon as tonight considering how blue-state governors have done so poorly at keeping their states safe.
Earlier in the day, Trump had criticized governors throughout the country for their “weak” response to the growing violence.
President Trump has backed off at least temporarily from his boasts, showing yet again that his bark is much worse than his bite.
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