On Wednesday, The Blaze reported that nine senior flag officers have been fired by the Obama administration this year alone, leading some to believe that a "purge" is underway. On Thursday, Dr. Jim Garrow, a renowned author and humanitarian who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, told Examiner.com in an exclusive interview he believes it's part of the effort to weed out those who won't swear loyalty to President Obama and obey orders to fire on American citizens who refuse to give up their guns.
Dr. Garrow said the president is looking for officers who will ultimately swear loyalty to him and blindly do as he says rather than follow lawful orders.
From there, he explained, it's not too much of a stretch for those officers to fire on U.S. citizens who refuse to obey gun confiscation orders.
"Obama is basically saying 'obey me' rather than the lawful orders," he said.
"It all has to do with breaching the Constitution," he added.
According to Sara Carter, commanders who spoke to The Blaze say the administration "is not only purging the military of commanders they don’t agree with, but is striking fear in the hearts of those still serving."
“I think they’re using the opportunity of the shrinkage of the military to get rid of people that don’t agree with them or not tow the party line. Remember, as (former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel said, never waste a crisis,” one senior retired general told The Blaze on the condition of anonymity. “Even as a retired general, it’s still possible for the administration to make life miserable for us. If we’re working with the government or have contracts, they can just rip that out from under us.”
Since Obama came to power, Dr. Garrow said, over 30 senior officers have been let go. And, he added, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett maintains a "preeminent position of influence."
"Enough that if, in the absence of the president, in a room full of military leaders, they'd listen to Jarrett as if it was Obama speaking to them," he added.
"It heartening to know there are men who are willing to step away from a lifelong career to stand for the Constitution," he said, expressing sadness the officers were no longer serving.
The reason for this "purge," Dr. Garrow said, is that Obama is taking on the role of a tyrant, and acts as a tyrant, which explains why he treats Republicans the way he does.
The situation with the military is so bad an unidentified Pentagon official told The Blaze that even “young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House."
"They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job — just keep your mouth shut," the official reportedly said, asking to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, Carter added.
In January, Dr. Garrow wrote on Facebook that President Obama wants military leaders who will fire on U.S. citizens.
"I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new 'litmus test' in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks," he wrote.
Recently, former Navy SEAL Ben Smith echoed Dr. Garrow's statement in an interview with Alex Jones.
“Going back to the beginning of this administration, I’ve had friends within the community talking about how they were brought in and questioned with people from more towards the top side and the questioning….where it was pointing was do you feel comfortable disarming American citizens,” he said.
This, he added, was just one of the many “funny things” taking place within the military.
"When Smith was asked by radio host Alex Jones if this line of questioning included a litmus test whereby military officers were asked if they would fire on U.S. citizens, he responded in the affirmative," Paul Joseph Watson wrote Wednesday.
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely weighed in on the situation.
"Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama’s ideology,” he told The Blaze. “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”
None of this surprises Dr. Garrow, who said that what he knows "goes all the way back to 1970."
Dr. Garrow, who said he worked for the government for years, also said he was invited to meet in Hawaii with a group of officers to discuss the situation, but did not attend the meeting.
Among the nine officers mentioned by The Blaze is Army Lt. Gen. David Holmes Huntoon Jr., who was “censored” for “an investigation” into an “improper relationship,” according to the Defense Department.
"Nothing was released to the nature of the improper relationship. Nothing was even mentioned if an actual investigation even took place," Carter said.
Another officer listed is Air Force Major Gen. Michael Carey, who was fired on October 11, 2013, for “personal misbehavior,” ABC News reported.
According to Carter, Pentagon and Air Force senior officials have remained relatively tight-lipped about his firing.
A third officer mentioned is Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles M.M. Gurganus, who, Carter said, "questioned having to use Afghan security patrols alongside American patrols after two officers were executed at their desk and a platoon was lead into an ambush on the front lines."
Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Gregg A. Sturdevant, Carter added, "was one of two commanding officers suddenly relieved of command and fired from the military for failure to use proper force protection at the camp after 15 Taliban fighters attacked Camp Bastion on Sept. 14, 2012, resulting in the deaths of Lt. Col. Christopher K. Raible, 40, and Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27."
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